John Cooper
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United States

Sundance Film Festival



Sundance Film Festival director since 2009, Cooper has held key roles in the esteemed Park City hot ticket, having started in 1989 as a festival programmer and adapting as the business around art-house film changed. As he took the top slot, the DVD industry was collapsing, depriving companies of a major source of revenue. Studios were also shuttering their indie labels, becoming less interested in backing edgy or commercially risky projects. Now Cooper leads Sundance’s programming and strategic-growth operations, overseeing activities such as content production, online initiatives and key national and international partnerships. When he became director, Robert Redford himself lauded Cooper for achieving the festival’s ever-consistent goals: supporting up-and-coming artists and inspiring new audiences.


  • Sundance Institute
  • Sundance Film Festival


  • San Diego State University (CA, USA)

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James Franco, Sundance's John Cooper Tapped for Outfest Awards

James Franco, Sundance's John Cooper Tapped for Outfest Awards

Outfest has announced that James Franco and Sundance Film Festival Director John Cooper will receive the festival's honorary awards.Franco has been selected as the recipient of the inaugural James Schamus Ally Award, created to honor the efforts of an individual in bringing LGBTQ stories to the forefront. The award, given to a straight ally of the LGBTQ community, will be presented by Gus Van Sant to Franco prior to the Special Centerpiece screening of “King Cobra” on July 16 at...


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