John Cooper

Emeritus Director, Sundance Film Festival at The Sundance Institute

John Cooper

John Cooper

Emeritus Director, Sundance Film Festival at The Sundance Institute

Biography

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 Sundance Film Festival's 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. He returned to California to become part of the Festival programming team, which at that time consisted of two people. In the Festival's early years, Cooper created the short film program and quickly transitioned into programming documentaries and feature films.

In recent years, he took the lead in developing the Institute's online presence, which has garnered two Webby Awards. As Festival Director, he oversees creative direction of the Festival and has final decision on all films and events.

Other work includes guest curator or juror at major film festivals around the world. From 1995-1998 Cooper served as Programming Director of Outfest, a Los Angeles festival held annually in July, and until 2002 served on the Outfest Board of Directors.

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Founder at The Sundance Institute

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Director, Feature Film Program at The Sundance Institute

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Executive Director at The MacDowell Colony

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Director, Film Music Program at The Sundance Institute

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Theatre Program Associate at The Sundance Institute

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Executive Director at The Sundance Institute

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Chief Marketing Officer at The Sundance Institute

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Chief Human Resources Officer at The Sundance Institute

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Chief of Staff at The Sundance Institute

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Director, Theatre Program at The Sundance Institute

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