The Windrider Forum at Park City:
Engaging in the Dialogue with Independent Films at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival
The Windrider Forum at Park City is a one-of-a-kind cultural experience. It is a graduate level course offered for credit by Fuller Theological Seminary (TC588 Engaging Independent Film). It is a chance to attend the Sundance Film Festival, arguably the premiere film festival in the US. And, it is a chance to live, eat and breathe a full banquet of experiences related to theology and culture. Relevant magazine called the Fuller course at Sundance “immersive education at its best”.
2016 will be the 12th year for the Windrider Forum @ Sundance. From our humble beginnings in 2005, the participants from Fuller and our various undergrad partners have grown to become the largest ticket-purchasing block at Sundance. We’d love to have you join us this year as we continue to expand the vision of this unique immersive course. Listed below you will find some additional information on the details and costs for this course and festival experience.
We will begin the formal events for WR@SD16 with a class session and orientation at 9:00am on Monday, January 25. The formal program will conclude on Saturday night with the screening of the Grand Jury Prize winning film. The daily schedule from Tuesday-Saturday will be determined once the schedule of Sundance films are released. Anticipate a full schedule. We want you to be completely immersed in the Sundance experience. There will be a variety of events (film screenings, filmmaker Q&A, panel discussions, background lectures, group discussions, etc.) planned each day from 9:00 am until late at night.
Tickets and Other Costs
We will be partnering with several churches and ministry organizations that are centrally located in Park City, walking distance from several of the major film venues for Sundance, and near a bus stop with access to all of the other venues. The Christian Center of Park City will be the place we gather each day for course content and orientation to the day’s events. There will also be a number of special events scheduled during the week.
Scheduling Flights and Ground Transportation
Students should plan to fly in and out of the airport in Salt Lake City. Plan to arrive by 4:00 pm on Sunday, January 24, in order to meet at 7:00pm with your host family. You should schedule your departing flight no earlier than 11:00am on Sunday, January 31st.
Park City is approximately one hour from the SLC airport. Once we know about your travel plans we will coordinate the ground transportation options to and from Park City. With the local shuttle bus service you should not need to rent a car during your stay in Park City.
Your Sundance Professor
Dr. Kutter Callaway will be the professor for this experience. He is an Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture at Fuller Seminary. Kutter developed the online Moodle component of this course, has taught Fuller’s Theology and Film course, and is a Sundance veteran. An updated version of the course description is available on the Class Schedules page of the Fuller website under the “Other Noncampus Locations” pull-down tab .
Our Partners for this Experience
Priddy Brothers Productions. John, Ed and Mark Priddy. Catalyst for the Windrider Forum at Park City. Generous supporters of the project. The Priddy’s co-founded the Windrider Forum in 2005 along with Dr. Craig Detweiler and Will Stoller-Lee.
Fuller Theological Seminary. Offering graduate credit. Staff and students from around the country (50+ total participants), including regional campus students, our ministry partnerships with Young Life and InterVarsity, and students from the Pasadena campus involved in Reel Spirituality and the Brehm Center for Worship, Theology and the Arts.
Undergraduate Partners. Faculty, staff and students from Taylor University (12 participants); Ouachita Baptist University (20 participants); Vanguard University (10 participants); Asbury University (10 participants); Pt. Loma University (5 participants); BYU (6 participants); University of Northwestern, St. Paul (6 participants); Los Angeles Film Studies Center (6 participants); Dallas Theological Seminary (10 participants); BYU (6 participants); and George Fox University (15 participants).
Guest Filmmakers. Several filmmakers and cultural commentators will be invited to join us for the week to screen their films during one of our scheduled events, participate in panel discussions, and to be available as resources for our students.
The Windrider International Student Film Festival. One of our original partners was the Angelus Student Film Festival. That festival will be relaunched this year as part of the Windrider Forum along with several award-winning films and filmmakers.
Additional Questions and Information
Executive Director, Windrider Forum
Fuller Theological Seminary in Colorado
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