The Windrider Forum @ Sundance is an immersive educational experience at the Sundance Film Festival that provides a dynamic learning laboratory. Through the global reach of the Windrider Institute, the
Windrider Film Forum serves as a leadership forum, laboratory, classroom, and resource provider for filmmakers and those who understand the power of story to change lives and culture.
The goal of DePaul’s participation in the Windrider Forum is to build interest around the intersection of theology, philosophy of religion, and filmmaking, particularly how film is used to depict theological questions and perspectives.
In collaboration with the Division of Mission and Ministry, the College of Computing and Digital Media will sponsor two students to serve with program administrators as an advance team at the Windrider Forum during the Sundance Film Festival from January 27th to February 2nd, 2019. The advance team will determine the feasibility of establishing an immersive, credit bearing learning experience for students at the Windrider Forum in January of 2020.
Deadline to apply: November 1, 2018
Sunday, January 27th — Saturday, February 2nd, 2019.
Sundance Film Festival
The Windrider Forum will meet daily at the
Christian Center of Park City (CCPC)
1283 Deer Valley Dr., Park City, UT. Times TBD.
Windrider Forum Showcase
On Monday, January 28th an evening program will include several award-winning short films selected as part of the 2019 Windrider Short Film Showcase, special guests from the Sundance Institute, and the presentation of the Spirit of Windrider award.
Program expenses, including round-trip airline transportation, the Windrider Filmmaker Forum fee, ground transportation to all events at Sundance, and Sundance passes and tickets to events will be grant-funded and are not the responsibility of the student.
Meals not associated with a Windrider or Sundance event will be the responsibility of the student.
Scott Kelley is Associate Vice President for Mission Integration in the Division of Mission and Ministry at DePaul University. He teaches the courses in "Film Philosophy" and "Ethics in Computer Games and Cinema" in the College of Computing and Digital Media, and "Developing Sustainable Strategy" in the Driehaus College of Business. His areas of research and publication focus on for-profit contributions to sustainable development, Catholic higher education, Catholic social thought, and Vincentian heritage. He received a PhD in Theological Ethics from Loyola University Chicago.
Scott Kelley faculty page
Scott has written over thirty movie and TV projects at every major Hollywood studio and broadcast network. His screenwriting credits include
K-9 (Universal) which spawned two sequels,
Alaska (Sony/Castle Rock), and
Trojan War (Warner Bros.). He has been a member of the Writers’ Guild of America, West since 1987. From 2002-2010, Scott was an executive producer at Trailblazer Studios, overseeing the company’s original content development for TV including the Scripps and Discovery networks. Scott has taught in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, receiving its Outstanding Instructor Award in 2005; the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and since 2008 has hosted GoIntoTheStory.com, the official screenwriting blog of the Black List. He joined the faculty at DePaul’s School of Cinematic Arts in the fall 2016. Scott graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts degree (with Honors) in Religious Studies and Yale University, where he received a Masters of Divinity degree cum laude.
Scott Myers faculty page
JoAnne in an Associate Dean in the College of Computing and Digital Media. Her academic career spans over two decades. She joined DePaul in 2001 to provide leadership skills that contributed to the development of the School of Cinematic Arts. Her vocation as a filmmaker is to create films that reveal the impact of social injustice and advocate for the underserved. During her tenure, she has co-created films that have garnered over seventy festival awards and been distributed worldwide. As a Vincentian Mission Institute member, her work focuses on integrating DePaul’s mission into the educational culture. Most recent efforts include collaborating with the Chicago Housing Authority to create educational programs for inner-city youth in Chicago.
JoAnne Zielinski faculty page
Windrider Forum @ Sundance Pilot Program Application
In collaboration with the Division of Mission and Ministry, the College of Computing and Digital Media will sponsor two students to serve with two administrators as an advance team at the Windrider Forum during the Sundance Film Festival from January 27th to February 2nd, 2019. The advance team will determine the feasibility of establishing an immersive, approximately learning experience for students at the Windrider Forum in January of 2020.
Role of Student Advance Team
Those chosen to be part of the student advance team and attend the forum will play a significant role in the assessment process. While at Sundance, students will be expected to attend all formal activities associated with the Windrider Film Forum, including all forum sessions; film screenings; special events; filmmaker Q & A’s; and, all panel discussions. Post-Sundance, students will be expected to meet with faculty; discuss their experience; complete a program evaluation; write a detailed assessment of their experience, and create a 1 – 2 minute testimonial video (should the program get a favorable response from the advance team’s evaluation).
Those chosen to be part of the student advance team and attend the forum will play a significant role in the process in assessing the following:
- How will DePaul students engage the Windrider Forum? What might be of interest to DePaul students?
- What activities at the Sundance Film Festival will enhance the learning experience?
- Complete relevant assignments after the immersion experience?
- How might the experience be brought back to DePaul?
Applications are now closed.