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Five Point Park University students landed internships at this year's Sundance Film Festival, Jan. 22-Feb. 1 in Park City, Utah. Photo | Victoria A. Mikula
Pictured left to right: (back) David Randolph, Justin Illig, (front) Aaron Outlen, Daymon Long and Neiman Outlen

Three freshmen and two seniors from Point Park's Conservatory of Performing Arts began the spring semester interning at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The students were selected after applying with The Creative Mind Group, which connects the next generation of talented television and film professionals to the entertainment industry through the most prestigious film festivals and markets.

At the festival, the students had access to film screenings, panels and networking events. Below, they share their Sundance Film Festival experience.

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"A filmmaker's dream!"

"My experience at Sundance was a filmmaker's dream! I had the chance to network with Jonathan Nolan, acclaimed writer of The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises and Interstellar. Everything he said during our conversation taught me more than I could have imagined. He even gave me his agent's contact information to connect with him in the future." - David Randolph, freshman cinema production major

"Enlightening, reassuring and spectacular!"

"For anyone who wants to pursue a career in the film/television industry, interning at Sundance is essential. The people I met at the festival are people who share my dreams and who I hope to work with in the future. The Creative Mind Group did an outstanding job of placing me with a host company that was catered to my interests and goals. This opportunity was enlightening, reassuring and spectacular!" - Aaron Outlen, senior theatre major

"An excellent opportunity to promote myself as an actor!"

"As an intern, I was able to rub shoulders with industry professionals. One of the highlights of this trip was meeting the CEO of IndieGoGo, Slava Rubin. Mr. Rubin let me pitch the TV pilot IndieGoGo campaign that I'm a part of. Being at Sundance was an excellent opportunity for me to promote myself as an actor and also my latest collaborative effort." - Neiman Outlen, senior theatre major

"An amazing experience for a freshman cinema major!"

"This experience was so amazing for a freshman cinema major. I learned so much at the festival and would definitely recommend this opportunity to my peers." - Justin Illig, freshman cinema production major

"An amazing opportunity to get a personal view on the world of film!"

"I come from a small town where not many people do incredible things. I just want to keep having experiences like this, keep growing and eventually do something magnificent. I hope that by doing something big, that I can motivate a new generation to strive for greatness. This was an amazing opportunity to get a personal view on the world of film." - Daymon Long, freshman cinema production major

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Photo by Victoria A. Mikula, sophomore photojournalism major
Video by Daymon Long


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