Fest a high-wattage alumni gathering

The Sundance film fest has turned into a high-wattage alumni gathering for NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Last month, a slew of Tisch alums made impressions with a handful of hot properties at the fest.

Foremost among them was “Filly Brown” star Gina Rodriguez (’06), who has garnered strong reviews for her perf as a young Latina hip-hop artist. Thesp inked a holding deal with ABC (where she’s expected to join Marc Cherry’s “Devious Maids”) shortly before the fest began.

“Robot and Frank,” which Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions and Samuel Goldwyn Films teamed to acquire mid-fest, hails from director Jake Schreier (’03) and scribe Christopher D. Ford (’04).

Borderline Films (“Martha Marcy May Marlene”) principals Antonio Campos (’07), Josh Mond (’06) and Sean Durkin (’06) returned to Sundance with writer-director Campos’ soph feature “Simon Killer,” which closed a deal with IFC Films.

Tisch dean Mary Schmidt Campbell cited the Borderline trio’s partnership as an example of the lasting ties the school fosters among its students.

“They met at Tisch and since leaving have produced a steady string of exciting new films,” she said.

Other Tisch-ers who made news at the fest were Josh Radnor (’99), whose “Liberal Arts” was bought by IFC Films, and director Colin Trevorrow (’99) and writer Derek Connolly (’98), whose “Safety Not Guaranteed” was snapped up by FilmDistrict. – — Jeff Sneider (’06)

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