Eugene Hernandez's Sundance Journey in Photos

Eugene Hernandez's Sundance Journey in Photos ...

When the news surfaced that IndieWire co-founder and Director of the Sundance Film Festival would be Eugene Hernandez, another would be referring to it as destiny. Hernandez, a friend and mentor to many of us, has lived and breathed Sundance DNA.

The seeds of this website were planted during a memorable 1993 visit to Park City, where Hernandez and a college friend Cheri Barner met Mark Rabinowitz. The experiences they had there, at the height of the growing American independent film market, influenced the concept for IndieWire, which they launched as an email newsletter two years later during the festival.

All of these individuals were able to connect with these filmmakers on their first films as an inspiration. We were attempting to utilize that energy and also be supportive of that community. What hasnt changed in the years since is independent filmmakers' skill.

Hernandez's reputation in the same community has allowed him to remain a persistent friendly face, both on the technical side of the stage, as the entertainment business struggles for some hope in the future. In the midst of the digital boom and the early days of streaming, IndieWire's first decade was defined by similar uncertainty.

From a festival perspective, he slew NYFF through the same obstacle, launching his first year as festival director in the midst of the epidemic in 2020. He was my chauffeur to the opening night as we sat in the backseat of his car, and he gave his first festival presentation as director while standing on the lawn. The ability to support that outcome would be even more appropriate for the present moment, as Sundance prepares for its 40th edition, and the film community depends on it more than ever

Hernandez shared these photographs from his earlier experiences at the festival before the news.

Randall Michelson