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New Frontier, showcasing emerging media in the form of multimedia installations, performances, and films. John Cooper has been a member of the Sundance Film Festival programming staff since 1989 and assumed the role of Festival Director in April of 2009 after serving as the Director of Programming since 2003. His early work in theater, ranging from performance to design, took him to New York City. By chance, he volunteered at the Institute’s Summer Labs in 1989 and fell in love with the process and energy of Sundance. David started his career at Sundance in 2000 as a Documentary Screener and advanced from there. He is the former Co-Director of Programming at Outfest, Los Angeles’ LGBTQ Film Festival. Prior to that, David worked in film development for a number of production companies. He has served on the Advisory Board for IFP and on the nominating committee for the IDA Awards, the Cinema Eye Honors and the Gotham Awards. As Co-Director of Programming for Outfest from 1998-2001, she founded the Platinum section, which introduced cinematic installation and performance to the festival.
During that time, she also co-founded the first gay Latin American film festivals, MIX BRASIL and MIX MÉXICO. Since 2001, Caroline Libresco has been Senior Programmer for the Sundance Film Festival, where she selects features in all sections, with expertise in documentary and international film. She is also Director of Sundance Catalyst, a program connecting creative investors with highly-anticipated Sundance projects. 21 million for 67 Sundance projects in its first five years. Additionally, she founded Women at Sundance, a multi-pronged initiative forging gender equality in film. John deals primarily with programming feature films for the Festival’s World Cinema and U. He also programs the Offscreen series of panels and conversations at the Festival, which he has done since joining the Sundance team in 2001. He also heads up the Sundance Collection at UCLA, a groundbreaking archive that exists to protect, preserve, and restore past works of independent film. Hussain joined the Sundance programming team in 2014, specializing in documentary feature films. Fest in the UK and has worked in international fiction and documentary programming for some of Australia’s most highly-regarded film events, including the Adelaide and Melbourne film festivals.