Michelle Satter

Pacific Palisades, California, United States

Michelle Satter is the Founding Director of Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program, the inaugural program of the Institute. As a key executive of the Leadership Team, Satter has been one of the chief architects of the Institute's programs since 1981 and has created and leads all programs supporting scripted storytelling. Under Satter's tenure, the Feature Film Program has provided year-round and in-depth support to the ground-breaking and award-winning filmmakers Lulu Wang (THE FAREWELL), Boots Riley (SORRY TO BOTHER YOU), Ryan Coogler (FRUITVALE STATION), Dee Rees (PARIAH), Marielle Heller (DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL), Gina Prince Bythewood (LOVE AND BASKETBALL), Damien Chazelle (WHIPLASH), Benh Zeitlin and Lucy Alibar (BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD), Ritesh Batra (THE LUNCHBOX), Taika Waititi (BOY), Rick Famuyiwa (THE WOOD), Cary Fukunaga (SIN NOMBRE), Paul Thomas Anderson (HARD EIGHT), Kimberly Peirce (BOYS DON'T CRY), John Cameron Mitchell (HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH), Quentin Tarantino (RESERVOIR DOGS), and Miranda July (ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW), among many others. Satter has also spearheaded and led the Institute's international initiatives in Latin America, Europe, Japan, the Middle East, and India, the Creative Producing Program, the New Frontier Story Lab and the Episodic Program. Currently, Satter is the Vision and Creative Content Lead of Sundance Co//ab, a global digital storytelling and learning platform, and the Institute lead for the Sundance Artist Program Group. In recent years, Satter has been recognized with the Women in Film Business Leadership Award, the ACLU Bill of Rights Award, the Indian Film Festival Los Angeles U.S.-based Industry Leadership Award, the MPAC Media Award, the Coral d'Honneur at the Havana Film Festival, and a tribute celebrating her 30 years leading the Feature Film Program at the Sundance Institute.