2014 Austin Film Festival and Conference Schedule
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Ilyse McKimmie

Sundance Labs Director, Feature Film Program
For the past 15 years, Ilyse McKimmie has served as a key staff member of Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program. As Labs Director, she leads the selection process for U.S.-based filmmakers for the Screenwriters and Directors Labs, performs ongoing outreach to new filmmakers, provides continuous support to alumni filmmakers, produces the Screenplay Reading Series, leads the program’s diversity initiatives, and plays a significant ongoing role in the Creative Producing Fellowship and the launch of the recently announced Episodic Story Lab. Films developed at the Labs during her tenure include Fruitvale Station, Beasts of the Southern WildMartha Marcy May Marlene, Pariah, Sin NombreSleep DealerHalf Nelson, Red Road, Me and You and Everyone We Know, Paradise Now, and Maria Full of Grace, among many others. Prior to joining Sundance Institute, she began her career in the film world with a position at International Creative Management, working in the talent, literary, and story departments. Soon after followed a stint at Sony-based Red Wagon Productions, during which time the company developed and produced such films as Gladiator, Girl, Interrupted, and Spy Game.Her roots lie in the theatre; her first job after graduating from UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film and Television was as a production stage manager in the Los Angeles theatre scene.