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Thanks to the efforts of Phyllis Mannocchi, Professor of English, Colby offers students the unique opportunity to delve into the world of independent film by participating in the Jan Plan course American Independents:Their Art and Production, known as "The Sundance Jan Plan." A group of 20 students attends two weeks of classes on campus before embarking on a journey to the world-renowned Sundance Film Festival. During these two weeks, the class watches past Sundance films and discusses the meaning and purpose of independent film.


With this foundation of knowledge, the group travels to quaint Park City, Utah, to attend Sundance. Students stay in condos located near both the town center and some of the local ski areas. The next two weeks involve a whirlwind of films, skiing, concerts, small talk with strangers, lack of sleep, and of course, waiting in lines. While students watch as many films as possible, Sundance also offers a number of panel discussions, free concerts at the local Music Café, and even the lesser-known Slamdance Film Festival, which attracts a quite different array of independent films.


After immersing themselves in the “Sundance experience,” the close-knit group leaves Park City with both a deep appreciation of independent film and a unique perspective on visual interpretation.

Abe Krieger
Seattle, Washington
Garfield High School
Potentially computer science
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The Sundance Jan Plan

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Abe Krieger
Seattle, Washington
Garfield High School
Potentially computer science

Thanks to the efforts of Phyllis Mannocchi, Professor of English, Colby offers students the unique opportunity to delve into the world of independent film by participating in the Jan Plan course American Independents:Their Art and Production, known as "The Sundance Jan Plan." A group of 20...   Read More

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  Jacob Marx '13 discusses War/Dance, the last of nine former Sundance films that the class viewed before leaving for the film festival.


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