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Well-Represented at Sundance

Thirty-six UCLA alumni and four executive board members are associated with 32 projects premiering and/or screening at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival

Thirty-six UCLA alumni, including a Professional Programs alumna, and four executive board members have involvement in 32 projects that will be shown in the Sundance Film Festival, taking place Jan. 19-29, 2017, in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. They include:

U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION

Stephanie Allain (Professional Programs ’13), producer, Burning Sands
Maxwell Hamilton (M.F.A. ’13), actor, I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore*+
Reginald Hudlin (Executive Board), producer, Burning Sands
Nikolai Kinski (B.A. ’98), actor, The Yellow Birds
Don O. Knowlton (B.A. ’82; M.F.A. ’85), actor, To the Bone*
Nick Spicer (M.F.A. ’06), executive producer, I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore*+
Marika Stephens (B.A. ’09), art director, To the Bone*
Jorma Taccone (B.A. ’02), producer, Brigsby Bear*

WORLD CINEMA DRAMATIC COMPETITION

Nikolai Kinski (B.A. ’98), actor, Axolotl Overkill

PREMIERES

Jack Black, actor and producer, The Polka King
Amanda Glaze (B.A. ’08), co-producer, The Big Sick*
Tamara Hunter (B.A. ’01), executive in charge of casting, Wilson
James Jordan (M.F.A. ’05), actor, Wind River
Charles D. King (Executive Board), producer, Mudbound*
Laura Lee Langton (B.A. ’88), art department coordinator, Wind River
Akin McKenzie (B.A. ’02), production designer, The Discovery
Medalion Rahimi (B.A. ’14), actress, Before I Fall
Andre Rivas (B.A. ’99), assistant digital colorist, Wilson
Tim Robbins (B.A. ’82), actor, Marjorie Prime+
James Saito (B.A. ’78), actor, Wilson
Ben Stiller, executive producer, The Polka King
Michael Stuhlbarg, actor, Call Me By Your Name*
Michael Vukadinovich (M.F.A. ’07), writer, Rememory

DOCUMENTARY PREMIERES

Alan Barker (B.A. ’69), sound, This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous
Joan Churchill (B.A. ’68), additional cinematography, This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous
Martin Scorsese (Executive Board), executive producer, Long Strange Trip*

NEXT

Susan Cartsonis (B.A. ’78), producer, Deidra & Laney Rob a Train
Laura Lee Langton (B.A. ’88), art coordinator, Deidra & Laney Rob a Train
Nick Moceri (M.F.A. ’10), actor and producer, Deidra & Laney Rob a Train
Lisa Muskat (M.A. ’92), executive producer, Dayveon
Jorma Taccone (B.A. ’02), actor and executive producer, L.A. Times
Quyen Tran, cinematographer, Deidra & Laney Rob a Train

SPECIAL EVENTS

Paul Green, executive producer, When the Street Lights Go On (Independent Pilot Showcase)
Charles D. King (Executive Board), executive producer, Gente-fied (Short Form Episodic Showcase)
Mike Pniewski (B.A. ’83), actor, Shots Fired
Gina Prince-Bythewood (B.A. ’91), director, writer, executive producer, Shots Fired

MIDNIGHT

Nate Bolotin (M.F.A. ’07), producer, Bushwick; executive producer, XX
Ren Hanami (B.A. ’84), actress, Bitch
Nick Spicer (M.F.A. ’06), producer, XX
Aram Tertzakian (M.F.A. ’07), executive producer/producer, XX
Quyen Tran, cinematographer, The Little Hours*

SHORTS PROGRAM 1

Garrett Bradley (M.F.A. ’12), director, Alone+

MIDNIGHT SHORTS PROGRAM

Tim Robbins (B.A. ’82, Lecturer), executive producer, Hot Winter: A Film by Dick Pierre

NEW FRONTIER, VR EXPERIENCES

Alex Gibney, executive producer, Zero Days VR
Dagmar Weaver-Madsen (M.F.A. ’12), director of photography, Through You

FROM THE COLLECTION AT UCLA

Donna Deitch (M.F.A. ’76; Executive Board), director, producer, actor, Desert Hearts

Posted: December 19, 2016

+Update: January 28, 2017: I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore received the Grand Jury Prize; Alone received the Short Film Jury Award: Non-fiction prize; Marjorie Prime received the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize.

*SUNDANCE ACQUISITIONS
January 29: Netflix acquired the exclusive SVOD rights to Mudbound.
January 26: Sony Pictures Classics acquired the worldwide rights to Brigsby Bear for $5 million.
January 26: Gunpowder & Sky picked up The Little Hours in a low seven-figures deal.
January 24: Netflix acquired worldwide rights for To the Bone for approximately $8 million.
January 21: Amazon bought The Big Sick for $12.5 million.
January 19: Netflix picked up the comedy-thriller I Don’t Feel At Home in This World Anymore.
January 18: Amazon acquired the Grateful Dead documentary Long Strange Trip for more than $6 million.
January 07: Sony Pictures Classics bought the worldwide rights to Call Me by Your Name.