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Sundance Institute Adds Ava DuVernay, Rob Epstein, Nadine Schiff and Liesl Tommy as New Trustees

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood September 26, 2013 at 2:20PM

The Sundance Institute has announced four new members of their Board of Trustees: Ava DuVernay, Rob Epstein, Nadine Schiff and Liesl Tommy.
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Ava DuVernay
Ava DuVernay

The Sundance Institute has announced four new members of their Board of Trustees: Ava DuVernay, Rob Epstein, Nadine Schiff and Liesl Tommy.

They are now part of the 22-person board, overseen by president and founder Robert Redford and exec director Keri Putnam, responsible for the governance of the Institute. 

As a Trustee, Schiff will draw on her experience as a television journalist for Dan Rather CBS Evening News and film producer ("Made in America," "Live from Baghdad") to actively advance Sundance Institute’s creative and financial support for independent artists. DuVernay ("Middle of Nowhere," "Venus Vs."), Epstein ("The Times of Harvey Milk," "Lovelace") and Tommy (theater director of "Party People," "The White Man -- A Complex Declaration of Love") join the Board as Artist Trustees, who are participants from Institute programs, including the Sundance Film Festival, artistic Labs and direct granting, who share with the Board their perspectives and act as liaisons to other Institute alumni.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.