Sundancing in Park City, 2013
I am happy and grateful to have been chosen for a 2013 Sundance Institute/Time Warner Native Producer Lab Fellowship. It was an amazing and transformative week at the Sundance Film Festival last month. Overseen by Bird Runningwater and Owl Johnson, myself and my fellow fellows of the Native Lab were hosted for a curated week of screenings, industry workshops, panels and roundtable pitch sessions. Being in the middle of my first film project, if my understanding of the definition of a “producer” was still a little vague going into the fellowship, it had definitely solidified more by the end of the week. My time in Park City was intense, insightful and jam-packed; specifically with all the work that goes into a film once you (think) you finish it. Outreach campaigns, fundraising techniques and festival runs were key components of the dialogues. Sitting down for face-to-face sessions with key producers, directors and festival programmers gave a deeper insight into the way the film-industry machine works and built the beginnings of a healthy network. And personally it was a blast, myself and the other fellows: Ross Cheney, Razelle Benally, Ciara Lacy and Brooke Swaney were all sad to say goodbye.