Every January, the small mountain town of Park City in Utah, becomes a media circus filled with film industry, sponsors, film buffs, and the lucky filmmakers whose works have been selected for either the prestigious Sundance Film Festival or its famous spin-off the Slamdance Film Festival.
This year, our Dodge College alumni have multiple projects – screening in both festivals!
At Sundance, Justin Simien (BFA/Film Prod. ’05) premieres his independent feature-length film Dear White People which has been selected for the U.S. Dramatic Competition. Two short films: Chapel Perilous, directed by alum Matthew Lessner (BFA/Film Prod. ’07) and Me+Her, edited by alum Jonathan Melin (MFA/Film Prod. ’12) will be screening in the Short Film Program. See the Festival’s entire lineup here, and purchase tickets for the weeks-long show here.
Meanwhile, next door at Slamdance, the independent feature film The Sublime and Beautiful (produced by alumni James Cox, BFA/Film Prod. ’11 and Kevin Slee, BFA/Film Prod. ’12) will screen in the Feature Film Competition. The short documentary film entitled What I Hate About Myself (which was co-directed by Bobby Moser, BFA/Film Prod. ’13 and Ben Mullinkosson, BFA/Film Prod. ’13 as their thesis film) will screen in the Short Film Program.
We will also host the 2nd annual Dodge College Sundance Alumni reception, a fantastic networking event for anyone in the Chapman community who finds themselves at the festival on Sunday, January 19. This is an exclusive, Chapman University-only celebration, and is a great time to reconnect with your hard-working peers in the industry. For more information about the reception, please contact Sorrel Geddes.