Keri Putnam on Sundance 2021 Going Virtual – Leslie Combemale interviews

This January, our AWFJ Spotlight is on Sundance Institute Executive Director, Keri Putnam. As part of our focus on Putnam, we spoke to her about her life and career, and how she and Sundance Film Festival’s new Director Tabitha Jackson built the 2021 virtual festival to not only represent the best in film and make room for diverse voices, but also to allow people from all corners of the globe who’ve always wanted to attend one of the world’s most influential film festivals to finally do so, and from the safety of their own homes.

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SPOTLIGHT January 2021: Keri Putnam, Sundance Executive Director and Activist

With consistent commitment, creativity and compassion, Sundance Institute Executive Director Keri Putnam opens opportunities for diverse voices in moviemaking. She has built industry-wide alliances that advocate and enact change. Numbers don’t lie. The Sundance fest 2021 program boasts 50% female filmmakers. Sundance grants fund films that Hollywood would deny. When, at some point in the future, we all see ourselves represented onscreen and in the credits, we can thank Keri Putnam Putnam for moving the needle forward to make it happen.

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Women At Sundance 2020: Cause for Celebration – Leslie Combemale reports

The Women at Sundance Celebration will be one of the highlights of my festival. I’m sure that’s true for many of those who attended it. It highlighted not only the work of two American icons, it celebrated new voices of all ages, backgrounds, and cultures, and it did so in the spirit of collaboration and cooperation. That is the essence of the female gaze.

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