On Saturday, January 29 in Park City, Utah, the Sundance Film Festival presented the 2017 Jury and Audience Awards. Seven of the Festival's winning films included the work of NYU alumni.
Gallatin alumnus Antonio Santini (BA ’10) and Tisch alumnus Dan Sickles (BFA ’10), the directing team behind 2014’s Mala Mala, were awarded this year’s Sundance Film Festival’s the US Grand Jury Prize for Documentary for their film Dina. A chronicle of a 49-year-old woman who overcomes mental disability and personal trauma to pursue a relationship with a man with Aspergers, the film was brought to the screen by cinematographer and Gallatin alumnus Adam Uhl (BA ’10). The film was sold to The Orchard.
Also at the Festival was Liz Holm (BA ’09), screenwriter and producer of 2014’s Obvious Child, who sold her most recent comedy, Landline, to Amazon. Landline brings together the trio behind Obvious Child: actress Jenny Slate, writer-director Gillian Robespierre, and Holm, for a comedy set in 90s New York about two sisters who discover their father’s affair.