University of Central Arkansas

UCA welcomes Sundance Film Festival Director Eugene Hernandez

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CONWAY— Recently named director of the Sundance Film Festival Eugene Hernandez will be an artist-in-residence at the University of Central Arkansas on March 4, 2024.

Hernandez, who founded IndieWire, an online publication predominantly focusing on independent film back in 1996, will discuss the evolution of film festivals, opportunities for publicity and distribution and advice to aspiring filmmakers.

“We’re incredibly excited to be hosting Eugene Hernandez at UCA. He brings a wealth of knowledge about independent filmmaking and film festivals that will be an immense benefit to our students,” said Bruce Hutchinson, UCA professor and film program coordinator.

Eugene Hernandez, photo credit Henny Garfunkel
Eugene Hernandez, photo credit Henny Garfunkel

Before his time with the Sundance Film Festival Hernandez served as the director of the New York Film Festival, deputy executive director of film at Lincoln Center and publisher of Film Comment magazine.

The March 4 residency will include:

  • 10-11:30 a.m., “Reaching Your Film Audience” workshop, Stanley Russ 103
  • 3-4 p.m., “Being Original in Filmmaking” workshop, Stanley Russ 103
  • 7-9 p.m., Public Event: Dialogue with Eugene Hernandez: “Negotiating Film Festivals in a Changing Independent Landscape” with a screening of selected Sundance Shorts, curated by Hernandez, Stanley Russ 103

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The artist-in-residence program is funded by the UCA arts fee. All events are located on the UCA campus and are free to UCA students and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Tickets are not required unless specified. For more information, contact Gayle Seymour, associate dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at 501-450-3293 or or visit CAHSS artists-in-residence.

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