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Interview with Sundance Short Producer Amy Geist

Updated: Feb 1

Amy Geist is a producer on "Help Me Understand," which is the first short in the 2023 Sundance Film Festival Shorts Tour. The Sundance shorts program will screen at ACWL-Nuveen on Thursday, February 8. Tickets have sold out for this event but you can add your name to the waitlist by emailing If we get enough people on the waitlist, we may add a second screening.

In this interview, Amy discusses the making of "Help Me Understand" and what it was like working with Powderkeg: Fuse, a development incubator for directors of minoritized genders. Amy also discusses her path from Dayton to Chicago to Los Angeles and offers some excellent advice for aspiring filmmakers. Click play to hear Amy's story! (More information on Amy can be found on her website.)

Every year, Sundance helps cultivate talent by screening an exceptional collection of short films at their festival in Utah. And now you can see a curated collection of seven Sundance shorts as the 2023 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour makes a stop at ACWL-Nuveen on Thursday, February 8 at 6PM.

The Festival’s Short Film Program has long been established as a place to discover talented directors, such as past alumni Andrea Arnold, Lake Bell, Damien Chazelle, Destin Daniel Cretton, Jay and Mark Duplass, Debra Granik, Rashaad Ernesto Green, Reinaldo Marcus Green, Todd Haynes, Sterlin Harjo, Don Hertzfeldt, Sky Hopinka, Shaka King, Lynne Ramsay, Dee Rees, Joey Soloway, Taika Waititi, and many others.

This year's 90-minute program of seven short films features two Festival Award-winning titles and a mix of fiction, documentary, and animated shorts that are funny, sad, inspirational, and full of strong characters. To purchase your tickets, visit


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