storytelling to drive audience engagement.
Prior to the Sundance Institute, Mertes was executive producer of the “P.O.V.” documentary series at PBS and received multiple Emmys, George Foster Peabody and duPont-Columbia Awards.
“Through Cara’s experience working on all elements of storytelling, and being a pioneer at finding and cultivating unique voices to have their stories told, she is well positioned to build on the legacy of JustFilms and to support filmmakers at every turn, from creation to distribution and impact,” said Darren Walker, vice president of Ford’s Education, Creativity and Free Expression program.
Sundance will be looking for someone to replace Mertes.
Other jobs open in the media world include gossip columnist at The Village Voice, after the unceremonious sacking of star Michael Musso, who
actually inspired readers to check his column; he will be contributing columns to out.com, Gawker, Huffington Post and The Advocate.
The AP has lost their two experienced film critics,
Christy Lemire and David Germain, who left under a crushing workload. And USA Today veteran staffer Susan Wlosczyna took a buyout, leaving a spot for a feature writer.