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JAN 182: Sundance Film Festival
Park City, United States (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Jan Term
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Restrictions: SMC-CA applicants only
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Program Description:
Course Title:
Sundance Film Festival

Course Description:
The Utah/United States Film Festival was inaugurated in 1978 to lure filmmakers and tourists to Utah with retrospectives and celebrity panels. The Sundance Institute took over in 1985 and transformed the festival into a showcase for emerging artists. The box office success of sex, lies, and videotape in 1989 established the festival as the premiere independent film marketplace, and in 1991, renamed Sundance Film Festival, it became a magnet for studio execs, distributors, and agents who charged into Park City to wine, dine, and sign new talent. This ongoing metamorphosis has distinguished Sundance as one of the top film festivals in the world. In 2017, 113 features selected from 4,068 submissions from 32 countries screened with over 50,000 people in attendance. Film purists argue that the marketplace has created indie lite: mainstream in drag. Others believe that Sundance has nourished a greater appetite for films that challenge the status quo. All agree that Sundance is the film lovers ultimate rush. In this course, we will study the history of Sundance and its impact upon the evolution of independent film. What are the essential marks of an independent film? To what extent do indies form an alternative that is truly different? To what extent do indies challenge the status quo? Students will also examine the mythic dimensions of film. From January 18-28, students will attend the Sundance Film Festival. All students interested in learning more about independent film are welcome in this course. Students interested in screenwriting, directing, producing and/or other filmmaking careers are especially encouraged to participate.

Upper Division

Permission of instructor and ENG 4 or ENG 5

Reading List:
Dell deChant, "The Sacred Santa"
Lory Smith, "Party in A Box"
Joseph Campbell, "Power of Myth"

Basis for Final Grade:
10% participation; 30% tests and assignments; 30% for 1 paper; 30% for final

This program is currently not accepting applications.