Premiering a film at the Sundance Film Festival is an artist's first opportunity to share their film with a live audience - always a moment filled with great anxiety and expectation. Meet three Sundance Alums with first features at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and learn how they got there, what it was like to experience the first audiences, what they're up to next, and advice for making your project a reality.
Moderator
llyse McKimmie has served as a key staff member of Sundance Institute's Feature Film Program since 1999. Deputy Director, she leads the outreach and selection process for U.S.-based filmmakers for the Screenwriters and Directors Labs, provides continuous support to alumni filmmakers, and leads the program's outreach and inclusion initiatives, including the Screenwriters Intensive. more...
Director, Writer
New York, NY, USA
Paul Downs Colaizzo’s first play "Really Really" (Helen Hayes Award) played a sold-out, twice-extended run Off-Broadway at MCC. His second play "Pride in the Falls of Autrey Mill" premiered at The Signature Theatre in DC. "Brittany Runs a Marathon" (2019 Sundance Film Festival, U.S. Dramatic, Audience Award Winner) is his first feature film. more...
Director
JACQUELINE OLIVE is an independent filmmaker with fifteen years of experience in journalism and film. Her award-winning debut feature documentary, ALWAYS IN SEASON, premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and was awarded the Special Jury Prize for Moral Urgency. It broadcast on PBS in February 2020, and Jackie was recently profiled as one of Variety's "10 Filmmakers To Watch." more...
Director
Joe Talbot is a fifth-generation San Franciscan who began developing "The Last Black Man in San Francisco" with childhood friend and star Jimmie Fails after leaving high school early to pursue film. more...
Director
Lulu Wang is a classical pianist turned filmmaker. Her second feature, The Farewell, starring Awkwafina, premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in U.S. Dramatic Competition. She was listed by VARIETY as “Ten Directors To Watch In 2019”. more...

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