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Students Get an Eyeful at Sundance Film Festival


Thirty shivering, exhilarated students. Ten independent movies in four days. Two professors. One experience of a lifetime. Taken as a whole? Priceless.

This year’s Sundance Film Festival marked the sixth year that USD professors Eric Pierson and Roger Pace have led a group of students to explore all that Park City’s most famous event has to offer during intersession. Attendees get most out of the three-credit class when they follow instructions to “embrace the spirit of the festival,” says Pierson.

When he first conceived of the course, Pierson was looking for a way to spark his students and get them really excited about the art of film. “I wanted to create a film festival experience for them,” he explains. “I can bring directors to campus to speak, but I wanted to give  them the sort of access to film that they couldn’t get on campus.”

Although he admits to initially being “scared of the idea of Sundance,” Pierson found out that in truth, it is a very user-friendly festival. (Full Story on Inside USD)

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