Sundance Ignite Program
Meredith Lavitt has over 20 years experience working in the independent film arena and with emerging creatives. Lavitt is the director of Sundance Institute's Sundance Ignite program, which cultivates and supports a new generation of filmmakers. Prior to Ignite, Lavitt was the director of the Sundance Film Forward Initiative (2010 to 2016), an international touring program designed to enhance greater cultural understanding by using the power of story to connect filmmakers and audiences. During Lavitt’s career with the Sundance Institute, she was instrumental in establishing the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program in 1999, serving as the Associate Director of the Program and lead administrator for the Sundance Documentary Fund, granting over $1 million in funds annually. She created and directed the Institute’s former youth programs including Reel Studio held annually at the Sundance Film Festival and Reel Stories presented in collaboration with the nationally recognized Utah-based Spy Hop Productions.
From 2010 through 2012, she directed the Sundance Film Festival’s student programs and Utah-based community programs. In 2004 she founded Swirl Productions and produced the critically acclaimed Home Front, which premiered at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival and on Showtime and has worked with award-winning filmmakers including Richard Hankin and Eddie Schmidt, among others. Her latest film The Grand Rescue premiered at the Mountain Film Festival in spring 2014 and premiered on PBS spring 2016. She currently sits on the Board of Directors of Spy Hop Productions, a youth media arts organization. Meredith holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University and lives in Park City, Utah with her family.