Carrie Lozano Named Director of Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program

Carrie Lozano
Photo by Don Loeb | Sundance Institute

By Pat Mullen

Carrie Lozano is the new director of the Documentary Film Program at the Sundance Institute. The news comes today via a release from Sundance. In her new position beginning October 1, Lozano will oversee the Sundance Institute’s worldwide support for filmmakers creating non-fiction works. Lozano’s role aims to continue Sundance’s vision for supporting diverse voices and visions through all stages of the creative process.

Lozano succeeds interim director Kristin Feeley, who helmed the position after it was announced that previous program Tabitha Jackson would become the new director of the Sundance Film Festival. An award-winning filmmaker, Lozano brings nearly two decades of experience as a producer and director to the position. Her credits include the Academy Award nominated documentary feature The Weather Underground (2002) and “Haiti in the Time of Cholera” (2013) for Al-Jazeera English’s Fault Lines, which earned her a News and Documentary Emmy Award and a Peabody Award. She received a student Academy Award for her 2006 doc Reporter Zero, which told the story of And the Band Played On. author Randy Shilts. Lozano’s credits as a director also include the 2016 feature The Ballad of Fred Hersch about the famed jazz pianist.

In addition to her work as a filmmaker, Lozano co-founded and oversaw the International Documentary Association’s Enterprise Documentary Fund. The program ensures that Lozano brings experience in fostering an environment for diversity and inclusion at the Sundance Institute while nurturing documentary filmmakers to develop works of journalistic rigour.

“On the precipice of a new, undetermined era, it feels fitting and exciting to join the Sundance Institute right now,” said Lozano in a statement. “Despite the pain and loss so many are feeling, this is a transformative moment, and I’m eager to harness its energy toward a more just and equitable field to support and develop artists who truly reflect the world around us. As such, it’s urgent to elevate and safeguard global independent voices who are at the core of Sundance’s mission and so essential to the highest democratic ideals.”

Lozano will report to the Sundance Institute’s Executive Director, Keri Putnam, who called the new Documentary Film Program director “a fierce advocate for independent voices” and “a thoughtful contributor to solving the most urgent challenges facing nonfiction artists.”

In her new position, Lozano will he lead the Documentary Film Program’s team, including Labs Director Kristin Feeley and Film Fund Director Hajnal Molnar-Szakacs.