Temple University MFA candidate Israel Vasquez has been named a 2015 Sundance | Knight Fellow; this prestigious fellowship, offered by Sundance Institute in partnership with John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, offers support and opportunities to emerging filmmakers. Fellows will participate in special screenings, panels and professional development opportunities at the annual Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
Israel Vasquez is a student in the Department of Film and Media Arts’ Masters of Fine Arts program. He is currently in post-production for his thesis film Sun Dog, an impressionistic drama set amidst the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, and is developing his first feature-length screenplay, Oscoda. Sun Dog, filmed in Temple’s Randall Theater, features actors from Temple’s Theater program.
The Knight Fellows Project selects emerging filmmakers from eight U.S. cities to attend creative workshops with film experts from Sundance Institute. Founded by Robert Redford in 1981, Sundance Institute provides space for artists in film, theatre, film composing, and digital media to create and thrive including the Sundance Film Festival, one of the most important platform for American and international independent film.
Philadelphia is one of the two cities selected for the inaugural Knight Fellows Project, which sought filmmakers that offer new voices and perspectives in Miami and Philadelphia. This year’s fellows will meet with 2014 Knight Fellows, including alumnus Heidi Saman (TFM ‘07), who was recently named as one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine.”