Taylor Students Heading to Sundance

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A group from Taylor University will once again attend one of the world's foremost independent movie events. The students and faculty members will travel next week to Utah for the Sundance Film Festival to watch movies and take part in a faith and film discussion group. January 22, 2015

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UPLAND, Ind. - Taylor University Media Communication students and faculty will travel to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, from January 25-February 1. The team of 10 students and three faculty members will also participate in the Windrider Forum, a faith and film discussion group that meets during the festival.

The students will earn three credits for a class in independent film. Assistant professor Kathy Bruner is teaching the study trip along with her husband John Bruner and Taylor staff member Josh Taylor. She said, "Sundance is a great opportunity for our students to be at the center of independent film. We are blessed to return to beautiful Park City, Utah, for our ninth consecutive trip."

The team anticipates seeing the much-anticipated Last Days in the Desert starring Ewan McGregor and directed by Rodrigo Garcia, as well as at least twelve other films.

In preparation for their week of film immersion, the team is completing a two-day orientation on Jan 22 and 23, getting to know one another and learning how to approach film from the vantage point of critics, admirers and aspiring filmmakers.

The Windrider Forum has been described as an, "immersive educational experiment and an ongoing conversation between filmmakers and film lovers."

Bruner said, "We want Taylor students to learn from great artists so that they can tell beautiful and meaningful stories in the future. Sundance is a great place to learn how independent films, both documentary and live action, can help shed light on some of the world’s biggest issues."

Source: Taylor University