DAILY NEWS: Changes at Sundance; and Hypnotic Founder Departs
with articles by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE
>> Guillemet Leaving Sundance; Gilmore Named Festival Director
(indieWIRE: 02.05.02) — Nicole Guillemet, Co-Director of the Sundance Film
Festival and Director of the Sundance Institute‘s Documentary Film Program,
is leaving the organization this month. Geoff Gilmore, who shared the Co-
Director title with Guillemet, has been named Director of the Sundance
A sixteen-year Sundance veteran, Guillemet is currently in Germany to
serve on the Panorama Short Film jury at the Berlinale, which opens
tomorrow. She will leave her post at Sundance after the Berlin trip.
While Sundance has yet to comment on plans beyond naming Geoff Gilmore
festival director, the move is considered part of a reorganization.
“After many years of dedicated service in a number of roles for Sundance
Institute, Nicole Guillemet will leave her post in February,” the
organization said in a prepared statement sent to indieWIRE yesterday.
“The Board and management are grateful for her long service and many
contributions to the Sundance Institute and wish her well as she pursues
The Insitute is facing two other departures as it celebrates its 20th
anniversary. In an unrelated move, Sundance Film Festival Press Officer RJ
Millard left the Festival last week. Also, the Institute confirmed yesterday
that development associate Jennifer Hathorne is leaving after a number of
years with the organization.
Guillemet began work with Sundance in 1985. She served as Vice-President of
the Institute, managing its finances and operations and overseeing all
programs. She was specifically involved in the creation of Sundance programs
in Europe, Latin America and Asia and recently developed documentary
Geoff Gilmore took the reigns as head of programming at Sundance in 1990 and
he also serves as a programming consultant for the Sundance Channel. Before
joining Sundance, Gilmore spent fourteen years as the head of the UCLA Film
& Television Archive.
The Sundance Institute will present next year’s Festival January 16 – 26th.
The organization is headed by President Robert Redford and Executive
Director Ken Brecher. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> Bernard Leaving Hypnotic; Nibblebox Team Remain at Helm
(indieWIRE: 02.05.02) — Jeremy Bernard, founder of Hypnotic and the
outfit’s President and COO, is leaving the company. A spokesman for
Hypnotic told indieWIRE yesterday that Bernard’s duties will be absorbed
by other member’s of the company management committee.
Hypnotic is headed by CEO David Bartis, Chairman Elizabeth Hamburg, and Vice-Chairman Doug Liman (director of “Go” and “Swingers“). The trio founded Nibblebox and later announced a merger with Hypnotic in June of 2001 when Bernard shed his CEO title. Studio backer Vivendi Universal announced a second round of financing at the same time. Hypnotic launched as ReelShort.com in 1999, made a deal with Universal a few months later and adopted the Hypnotic name in October of 2000.
The company is best none for its Million Dollar Film Festival which this
year was re-launched as part of a multi-year pact with Chrysler.
Before founding Hypnotic, Bernard was a producer on the film “One Fine Day“
and the TV show, “Central Park West.” [Eugene Hernandez]