Communications students spend week at Sundance Film Festival

By Jamie DeLoma ’06, MS ’11
Assistant Director of Public Relations and Social Media 

Eighteen seniors, five juniors and two sophomores, all majoring in film, video and interactive media in the School of Communications, are spending Jan. 23-29 at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

The students, all members of the Quinnipiac Film Society, are enrolled in a seminar focusing on independent cinema taught by Ray Foery, professor of communications.

“I hope they see some films that expand their sense of creativity and give them new ideas on how to develop and enhance their own work,” said Rebecca Abbott, professor of communications. Abbott will accompany the students to the film festival along with Foery and Marty Lang, visiting assistant professor of communications.

“I hope they have several opportunities to hear from, and actually speak with, directors, producers, writers and other film professionals so that they can gain a greater understanding of the process that filmmakers go through as professionals doing their work,” Abbott said.

Lang and Abbott have both attended a previous Sundance festival.

“When we get out there, I will set up times for the students to meet some of the people,” he said. Three films that Lang has worked on will be screened at the festival, including “Goats,” “Black Rock” and “For a Good Time, Call.”

“Goats” is by far the highest profile film. It stars Vera Farmiga, David Duchovny, Keri Russell and Ty Burrell.

Two years ago, Lang took Philip-George Dunphy ’10 to the film festival. As a result of the networking Dunphy did while there, he was hired as part of the crew on “Black Rock.”

“Watching and finding inspiration in great movies is a big part of the experience,” Lang said. “However, the ability to network with some of the filmmakers with the hope of finding work on future projects is another important aspect of the trip.”

Lang said he has directly benefited from going to Sundance.

“I hope the students have a good experience and use this is as an opportunity to start their professional careers,” he said.

This is the fourth consecutive year Quinnipiac Film Society students are attending the festival, Abbott said. Previously, the students paid their own way to get there. However, this year the university and Student Government Association are funding the trip.

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