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    FM400 – Independent Film, Filmmaking, and the Sundance Film Festival

    Independent Film, Filmmaking, and the Sundance Film Festival investigates film theory, history, and practice through the lens of the Sundance Film Festival. Students will engage in a week-long trip to the Sundance Film Festival in order to inspire critical and creative work on campus.

    Images by Clay Haskell.
    Images by Clay Haskell.


    Associate Professor, A. Chair Dylan Nelson email

    The premier festival for independent cinema in the U.S., the Sundance Film Festival has launched the careers of many contemporary auteurs, including the Coen Brothers, David O. Russell, Wes Anderson, P.T. Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, and Steven Soderbergh. This course provides the opportunity for advanced film students to hone their own creative and critical visions by viewing and discussing a wide variety of world premiere films, as well as by attending talks by filmmakers, businesspeople, scholars, and critics in the vibrant environment of Sundance. These interactions will be grounded in and stimulate further study in film history, criticism, and practice on campus. The course will explicitly privilege the connection between theory and practice and will help build collaborative relationships among students.