UT at Sundance 2021
As a result of the pandemic, the 2021 Sundance Film Festival (January 28–February 3), like so many other live events this past year, has migrated its programming to the virtual arena. In addition to streaming premieres online, the ostensible leader in indie tastemaking has gone one step further and partnered with various local groups around the country, including the Austin Film Society, to host Covid-19 safe satellite screenings, panels, and events.
While it's hardly the same annual pageant of shmoozing and celebrity sightings in the remote winter wonderland of Park City, Utah, this simulated festival experience offers the rare democratization of what has previously been accessible for an elite few. No expensive flights or hotel rooms or rental cars—not even days off of work!—are required to participate. Audiences across the globe can purchase films to stream, attend panels for free, and, in cases like that of UT alum Maisie Crow's Texas-based documentary, catch local drive-in screenings.
We celebrate the Moody College/RTF alumni and faculty participating this year, some of whom are listed below.
Directed by Maisie Crow (JOU '04)
Edited by Nina Vizcarrando (RTF MFA '14); Additional Editing by Nathan Duncan (RTF MFA '14); Location Sound Mixing by Carlos Corral (RTF BS '07)
In training to become police officers and border patrol agents, El Paso high-school students confront the realities of their dream jobs.
Co-Produced by Tyler Glodt (RTF '03)
Simulation theory poses the idea that the world we live in might not be entirely real. While exploring the scientific possibility of this theory, the film also interrogates the allure of narratives about dominating forces controlling our lives as a symptom of twenty-first-century existential crises.
TUMBLEWEEDS FILMS FOR KIDS
Directed by Micah Barber (RTF Assistant Professor of Practice)
Co-written by Tony Faia (MFA '10)
Ten-year-old Thomas has a best friend: Felix the Fox. But his parents want him to make “real friends,” so they send him to summer camp. He hates it. So he and Felix make a midnight escape.
Watch these films and panels to catch UT filmmakers!
- THE ADVENTURES OF THOMAS AND FELIX, directed by RTF Assistant Professor of Practice Micah Barber, begins streaming.
- 4 pm CST – Panel with Andrew Wang (BS '02), "A Conversation with Viola Davis and JuVee Productions"
- 6–8 pm CST – Panel with RTF Associate Professor PJ Raval, Artists As Essential Workers.
- 11 am CST - MFA alum Monique Walton moderates free, open-to-the-public AFS/Sundance panel, “Texas Women Producers”
- 11 pm CST - Virtual premiere of doc feature, “A GLITCH IN THE MATRIX,” co-produced by RTF alum Tyler Glodt
- 11 am CST - Virtual premiere of Moody Alum Maisie Crow’s documentary, “AT THE READY”
- 6 pm CST - AFS local Austin drive-in screening of Moody Alum Maisie Crow’s documentary, “AT THE READY”
- 9 am CST - Virtual screening of doc feature, “A GLITCH IN THE MATRIX,” co-produced by RTF alum Tyler Glodt
- 12 pm–1:30 pm CST – Panel with RTF Associate Professor PJ Raval, "The Invisibility of Asian American Documentaries."
- 1 pm CST - Moody alum/AT THE READY director, Maisie Crow, is part of free, open-to-the-public Sundance /AFS panel, “Shifting Perspectives about the Border.”