Executive Suite: Keri Putnam
The new executive director of the Sundance Institute has big plans beyond managing America’s top film festival.
Keri Putnam first attended the Sundance Film Festival in 1992 as an ambitious HBO executive. This year, she and festival director John Cooper will sit atop America’s premier indie-film showcase as executive director of the nonprofit Sundance Institute, which puts on the fest and its filmmaker labs. The mother of two teenagers (husband Marvin is an entertainment lawyer), Putnam, 45, left HBO Films in 2006 to be president of production at Miramax until it shut down in 2009. At Sundance since April, she oversees an annual budget of $23 million, which is spent developing such filmmakers as Quentin Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs), Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry) and Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre). This year’s fest, which runs Jan. 20-30, includes a record six movies developed in Sundance labs.
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