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Film Independent Tue 1.24.2017

Film Independent Members Take Their Projects to Park City

Sure, the 2017 Sundance Film Festival technically lasts through January 29. But the main thrust of the Festival—the star-studded rigmarole and hype of opening weekend—has already begun to dissipate, with visiting festivalgoers dutifully digging themselves out from underneath Park City’s record-setting winter snowfall to shake off their hospitality-lounge hangovers and return to a so-called “real world” dispiritingly absent of complimentary reusable water bottles.

But for those of us sticking it out until the bitter end, there remains no shortage of entertainment to distract ourselves from the bitter squish of perpetually wet footwear. And for the existence of many of these distractions, you can thank our amazing and creative Film Independent Members, a whopping 81 of whom have projects at this year’s Festival. In short, it’s impossible to javelin-chuck an icicle through the crisp Park City air right now without likely impaling a literal card-carrying Member of Film Independent. So be careful!

So whether you’re watching the snowcapped topography of the Beehive state recede from view out an airplane window as you fly home or continuing to hustle hither and dither across Park City in search of cinematic perfection, we hope you’ll take the time to raise a glass of 3.2%-by-volume glass of Uintah lager to toast, category-by-category, our newly Sundance-minted Membership:


‘Burning Sands’
  • Stephanie Allain, producer, Burning Sands
  • Jason Michael Berman, producer, Burning Sands
  • Ian Bricke, Executive Producer, Burning Sands
  • Mel Jones, producer, Burning Sands
  • Matthew Perniciaro, Executive Producer, Golden Exits
  • Sam Bisbee, producer, The Hero
  • Ian Bricke, Executive Producer, I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore
  • Gigi Pritzker, producer, Landline
  • Rachel Shane, Executive Producer, Landline
  • Daniela Taplin Lundberg, producer, Patti Cake$
  • Rodrigo Teixeira, producer, Patti Cake$
  • Nina Yang Bongiovi, producer, Roxanne Roxanne
  • Julie Lynn, producer, To the Bone
  • Rodrigo Garcia, Executive Producer, Walking Out
  • Julie Lynn, Executive Producer, Walking Out
  • Carole Meiselman, Executive Producer, Walking Out
  • Alexandre Moors, director, The Yellow Birds
  • Siegfried Harris, Executive Producer, The Yellow Birds



‘Casting JonBenet’
  • James Schamus, producer, Casting JonBenet
  • Brent Stiefel, producer, The New Radical



‘The Nile Hilton Incident’
  • Signe Byrge Soerensen, Co-Producer, The Nile Hilton Incident
  • Justine Nagan, Executive Producer, Motherland



‘The Big Sick’
  • Barry Mendel, producer, The Big Sick
  • Rodrigo Teixeira, producer, Call Me By Your Name
  • Ian Bricke, Executive Producer, The Discovery
  • Michael B Clark, producer, The Incredible Jessica James
  • Uri Singer, Executive Producer/Producer, Marjorie Prime
  • Cassian Elwes, producer, Mudbound
  • Jennifer Roth, Executive Producer, Mudbound
  • Monica Levinson, producer, The Polka King
  • Jon Schumacher, Co-Producer, Rebel in the Rye
  • Ellen H Schwartz, Executive Producer, Rebel in the Rye
  • Rhea Scott, producer, Where is Kyra?
  • Jonathan Fuhrman, Executive Producer, Wind River



‘Bending the Arc’
  • Rick Rosenthal, Executive Producer, Bending the Arc
  • Evgeny Afineevsky, director/producer, Cries from Syria
  • Nancy Abraham, Senior Producer, Cries from Syria
  • William Goldstein, Associate Producer, Cries from Syria
  • Sheila Nevins, Executive Producer, Cries from Syria
  • Diana Weyermann, producer, An Inconvenient Sequel
  • Diane Becker, Co-Producer, Legion of Brothers
  • Asher Goldstein, producer, Untitled Lucy Walker Buena Vista Social Club Documentary



  • Michelle Renfrew Behrens, producer, Columbus
  • Todd Remis, producer, Dayveon
  • James Schamus, Executive Producer, Dayveon
  • Isaiah Smallman, Executive Producer, Dayveon
  • Ian Bricke, Executive Producer, Deidra & Laney Rob a Train
  • Alix Madigan, producer, A. Times
  • Matthew Perniciaro, Executive Producer, Person to Person



‘Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry’
  • Laura Dunn, Director/Producer, Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry
  • Gill Holland, Co-Producer, Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry
  • Elizabeth Karlsen, producer, Their Finest



‘Abstract: The Art of Design’
  • Morgan Neville, Director/Executive Producer/Screenwriter, Abstract: The Art of Design
  • Justin Wilkes, Screenwriter, Abstract: The Art of Design
  • Caroline Oliveira, Line Producer, The Chances
  • Ellie Wen, producer, The Chances
  • Halle Bernard, producer, Pineapple
  • Kasi Lemmons, director, Shots Fired
  • Michael B Clark, Executive Producer, Strangers
  • Beatrice von Schwerin, Co-Producer, Strangers
  • Steve Golin, producer, When the Streetlights Go On
  • Michael Sugar, producer, When the Streetlights Go On



‘The Mars Generation’
  • Ben Cotner, Executive Producer, The Mars Generation
  • Jason Spingarn-Koff, Executive Producer, The Mars Generation
  • Lisa Nishimura, Executive Producer, The Mars Generation
  • Daniel Taplitz, Writer, Red Dog: True Blue



  • Narineh Hacopian, Co-Executive Producer, Bitch
  • Elisa Lleras, Executive Producer, Bitch
  • Matthew Perniciaro, Executive Producer, The Little Hours
  • Karyn Kusama, director, XX
  • Gabriela Gonzalez, Line Producer “The Birthday Party”, XX



’18 Black Girls/Boys Ages 1-18…’
  • Chanelle Aponte Pearson, Executive Producer, 18 Black Girls/Boys Ages 1-18 Who Have Arrived at the Singularity and are Thus Spiritual Machines: $X in an Edition of $97 Quadrillion
  • Angela Petrella, writer, Dear Angelica
  • Diane Weyermann, Executive Producer, Melting Ice
  • Shruti Ganguly, producer, Through You



‘Hot Seat’
  • Natalie Metzger, producer, The Robbery (Midnight)
  • Gabrielle Nadig, producer, Toru (Shorts Program 1)
  • Anna Kerrigan, director/writer/producer, Hot Seat (Shorts Program 3)
  • Molly Christie Benson, Co-Producer, Hot Seat (Shorts Program 3)
  • Roberta Marie Munroe, Consulting Producer, Night Shift (Shorts Program 3)
  • Gabrielle Nadig, producer, Lucia, Before and After (Shorts Program 5)

For more information about becoming a Member of Film Independent visit our website. Who knows—maybe we’ll see your name here next year!

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