Carrie Lozano – award-winning documentary filmmaker, journalist, lecturer and co-founder of the International Documentary Association's Enterprise Documentary Fund – was announced today as the new director of the Sundance Institute's documentary program. She succeeds interim director Kristin Feeley and former director Tabitha Jackson, who took over the management of the Sundance Film Festival last January.
From the press release:
As program director for documentaries, Lozano will promote and support non-fiction filmmakers worldwide in all phases of the creation and distribution of new film works. She will also work to advance and improve the health of the independent non-fiction space to ensure that different shapes, viewpoints, and participants continue to be the focus of all institute programs, which include labs, global and national partnerships, and film funds. She will also lead the documentary program team, including Labs Director Kristin Feeley and Film Fund Director Hajnal Molnar-Szakacs. She will report to the Institute's Executive Director, Keri Putnam.
Putnam said, “I am delighted to welcome Carrie to this pivotal role at Sundance. As a filmmaker and field manager, she is a fierce advocate of independent voices, a thoughtful collaborator in solving the most pressing challenges facing non-fiction artists, and is deeply committed to the values of justice and justice. Your experience and perspective will be invaluable to the institute's documentary program and leadership team. "
As a filmmaker, Lozano's most recent film is the 2016 feature film, The Ballad by Fred Hersch. Lozano has also produced, including Sam Green & # 39; s The Weather Underground and his Utopia in Four Movements, the third part of which she also staged with Green. Prior to joining the Enterprise Documentary Fund, where she supported the work of dozen of filmmakers for over four years, Lozano led the Bay Area Video Coalition's National MediaMaker Fellowship and was Executive and Senior Producer at Al Jazeera America.
Lozano said in the press release:
“The Sundance Institute has played a crucial role in my career. So it is very personal for me to lead the documentary program. I am humble to follow in the footsteps of the visionary women who led the way, and thankful to my longtime colleagues at the International Documentary Association and U.C. Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. On the brink of a new, indefinite era, it feels fitting and exciting to join the Sundance Institute now. Despite the pain and loss so many feel, this is a transformative moment and I strive to use its energy for a more just and just field, to support and develop artists who truly reflect the world around us. Hence, there is an urgent need to raise and protect global independent voices, which are at the heart of Sundance's mission and essential to the highest democratic ideals. "