After greater than 10 years with Sundance Institute, Keri Putnam will step down from her place as chief government of the group later this yr. The board of trustees will kind a search committee to establish the institute’s subsequent chief government.
The announcement on Thursday comes not lengthy after the completion of the 2021 Sundance Movie Competition, a largely on-line occasion with accomplice venues throughout the nation that reached individuals in all 50 states, 120 international locations and a complete viewers greater than 2½ instances bigger than the everyday in-person pageant primarily based in Park Metropolis, Utah. The 2021 pageant was the primary with new pageant director Tabitha Jackson.
In her time with Sundance, Putnam has overseen an enlargement of institute applications. The web platform Sundance Collab has greater than 1 million customers. The group has continued to extend its international presence. After beforehand launched Sundance occasions in London and Hong Kong, the institute just lately introduced Sundance Movie Competition: Asia to happen in summer season 2021 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Throughout Putnam’s tenure Sundance has expanded and established artist improvement applications for voices from traditionally underrepresented communities.
“I’ve determined it’s the best time for me to step down as CEO of Sundance Institute,” Putnam mentioned in an announcement. “Main Sundance via this unstable period in media along with such an impassioned group has been one in every of my biggest joys. The outstanding development of our group of artists, audiences and companions over the past ten years is a testomony to the vitality and urgency of the impartial storytelling Sundance helps. The Institute stands at present as an revolutionary and resilient group on the intersection of arts and media, supporting extra artists and reaching a much bigger viewers than ever earlier than.”
Earlier than becoming a member of Sundance Institute, Putnam had been president of manufacturing at Miramax Movies and earlier than that spent 15 years at HBO, rising to government vp. She took her place with Sundance in 2010.
Sundance Institute was based in 1981. Present Academy Award nominees “Minari,” “The Father,” “Promising Younger Lady,” “Crip Camp,” “The Mole Agent” and “Time” all premiered on the 2020 Sundance Movie Competition, whereas nominee “Judas and the Black Messiah” premiered on the 2021 occasion. Extra present nominees have been additionally concerned within the institute’s expertise and funding applications.
“As a fierce supporter of impartial creators, Keri has been instrumental in seeing the Institute via a decade of transformation, whereas holding a laser-focus on Sundance’s mission of preserving, discovering, incubating and inspiring impartial artistry in all varieties,” mentioned Robert Redford, founder and president of Sundance Institute, in an announcement. “We can’t overstate her affect, and we thank Keri for her invaluable service in assist of impartial artists.”