Sundance 2021

2022 Sundance Filmmakers Receptions

January 12, 2022 Independent Directors Outreach Events

The DGA recently hosted virtual receptions for filmmakers with projects accepted into the 2022 Sundance Film Festival.

At the reception on January 11, DGA Women's Steering Committee Co-Chair Tara Miele — whose film Wander Darkly premiered in competition at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival — spoke to the online attendees about her path as an independent filmmaker becoming a member of the Guild, highlighting the community of DGA members, the supportive staff and the flexibility of the Guild's Low Budget Agreements. Sundance’s Festival Director Tabitha Jackson and other Sundance staffers gave festival survival tips; and DGA Representative Jennifer Peat explained how the Guild works with independent filmmakers. Also attending the January 11 reception were DGA members with projects at the festival including W. Kamau Bell (We Need to Talk About Cosby), Amy Berg (Phoenix Rising), Rory Kennedy (DOWNFALL: The Case Against Boeing), Phyllis Nagy (Call Jane), James Ponsoldt (Summering) and Ondi Timoner (Last Flight Home).

At the reception on January 12, Director and Sundance alumnus Rose Troche (My Fake Boyfriend) discussed the creative protections and community that DGA membership can provide; Assistant Executive Director Mary Hatch shared some of the benefits of working under the Guild’s contracts; and Sundance staffers delivered more valuable festival information. Also attending the January 12 reception were DGA members Emma Pildes and Tia Lessin whose documentary, The Janes, is premiering at the festival.

About the Festival:

The Sundance Film Festival brings original storytellers together for its annual program of dramatic and documentary films, shorts, New Frontier films, installations, performances, panel discussions, and dynamic music events. The 2022 Festival took place from January 20-30 online and at satellite screens across the country.

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