January 3, 2020
Podcast

Sundance Institute's Michelle Satter Predicts the Future of Indie Filmmaking

michelle satter No Film School Sundance Collab
We speak with a founder and director of the Sundance Institute's Feature Film Program, Michelle Satter.

There are few people who know the ever-shifting landscape of indie film as well as Michelle Satter. In fact, there may be no other people. Michelle helped found Institute's Feature Film Program Robert Redford in 1981. All they've done since then is help build the very identity of indie film, developing and bringing audiences some of the most important voices in cinema. From Tarantino to PTA, Michelle has witnessed it all. 

So it was an honor for us to sit down with her and speak about the history of Sundance, but also where things stand today, and where they seem to be headed.

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awesome !! thank guys !

January 3, 2020 at 10:46PM

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FRANCISCO ROKA
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Do people really still consider Sundance “indie?”

January 5, 2020 at 12:17PM, Edited January 5, 12:17PM

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Exactly! For 8-10 years now, since dramas stopped being profitable in the theaters, the big studios created "indie labels" and they marketed their dramas via festivals. Which meant that phaux-indie movies with big stars in them were picked, and fewer TRUE indie films were picked since then. I don't consider any of the 10-12 major festivals true indie anymore.

January 7, 2020 at 2:31PM

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Eugenia Loli
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I appreciate what the Institute does, but this interview was a nothingburger.

January 8, 2020 at 11:46AM

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Sandy Chase
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Sundance Co//Lab is such a joke. Independent film is a hobby for the ultra-wealthy. They don't really want to let anyone in who doesn't have earnest opinions on wine and personal lawyers. I've been on both sides of this--the blindness to class in the independent film world would be shocking if it weren't so predictable.

January 8, 2020 at 2:40PM

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