Outgoing Sundance Festival Director John Cooper Reflects on 30 Years of Highs and Lows

  • Variety
Outgoing Sundance Festival Director John Cooper Reflects on 30 Years of Highs and Lows
John Cooper, the outgoing director of the Sundance Film Festival, has been on Robert Redford’s payroll for 30 years.

Many in the small world of Hollywood, and the even smaller ecosystem of global film festivals, braced at the announcement last June that Cooper would step down, taking with him decades of institutional memory. Cooper spoke with Variety about his long Park City experience and the past 11 years spent in the director role.

Hotel hangouts with Tammy Faye Bakker, mad dashes to accommodate Anna Wintour, mounting Quentin Tarantino’s feature-length film debut and donating the festival’s chic Kenneth Cole staff jackets to a good cause all came up as Cooper revisited his long and fruitful Sundance run. Read his full exit interview below.

Have you become sentimental or reflective in these past months?

Over a year ago I started thinking about how my time was coming to an end, but
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