Sundance Coaching Initiative

We know that great coaches, like great teachers, can elicit greatness. And our aim is to support the greatness in artists shifting the paradigm for gender equality.

As longtime patrons of the Sundance Institute, we’ve witnessed their exceptional work and extraordinary commitment to fostering gender equity in American independent cinema. Eager to help advance their initiatives, we couldn’t help wondering: could the same types of coaching opportunities we provide to other creative communities be customized for Sundance? The answer: absolutely.

In collaboration with Renee Freedman & Co, theHF provides a nine-month long individualized pro-bono coaching program to the Sundance Institute Women’s Initiative Fellows. The Fellows, each of whom is female and is either a director or producer, are selected from the Sundance Documentary Film Program, Feature Film Program, Native Program, and Sundance Film Festival alumni. Coaches are a wide range of industry leaders who graciously donate their time and networks to help advance the fellow’s career.  Together, they identify personal and professional goals, challenges, and opportunities, and meet quarterly to discuss career strategy and growth towards their goals. Along with this professional coaching and mentorship, the Women’s Initiative provides filmmakers with finance education and networking building while raising awareness with groundbreaking research that advances the women’s movement in film.

Meet the 2016-2017 Fellows

Cecilia Aldarondo

Janicza Bravo

Laurens Grant

Rebecca Green

Elyse Steinberg

Elizabeth Wood

Meet the 2015-2016 Fellows

Lyric R. Cabral, Director
Claim to Fame: (T)error

Jessica Devaney, Producer
Claim to Fame: Speed Sisters

Grace Lee, Director/Producer
Claim to Fame: American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

Gabrielle Nadig, Producer
Claim to Fame: King Jack

Jennifer Phang, Director
Claim to Fame: Advantageous

Pamela Romanowksy, Director
Claim to Fame: The Adderall Diaries

Many thanks to our coaches: Caroline Keyes, Jay Perry, Stephanie Rosol, Jeannine Sandstrom, Trish Silber, Lynette Yount

Meet the 2014-2015 Fellows

Kat Candler, Director
Claim to Fame: Hellion

Sydney Freeland, Director
Claim to Fame: Drunktown’s Finest

Elisabeth Holm, Producer
Claim to Fame: Obvious Child

Cristina Ibarra, Director
Claim to Fame: The Last Conquistador 

Su Kim, Producer
Claim to Fame: Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story

Tracy Tragos, Director/Producer
Claim to Fame: Rich Hill

Photo credit: © 2014 Paul Zimmerman / WireImage