Comm Alum Alex Kamb Winner of Sundance Ignite Fellowship
Feb 21, 2017
UMass alum Alex Kamb ’15 has been selected to be a part of the 2016 Sundance Ignite Fellowship program. Kamb, who graduated with a Communication degree, is among only 15 out of more than 300 applicants who were chosen to participate in the elite and highly selective program. While selection for the fellowship is an honor in and of itself, it ought to be noted that Alex was one of the only recipients who was neither a graduate student, nor a film or production studies major.
"When I was a kid I used to dream of being in a Sundance fellows program”, Kamb said. “It's even better than the dream."
The Sundance Ignite Fellowship, now in its second year, is a competitive and intensive yearlong program for young up-and-coming filmmakers. Fellows are provided artistic and professional development, industry exposure, and the opportunity to pitch scripts with film industry executives, confer with recent film festival winners, and attend screenings, including a trip to the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.
This year’s fellowship challenged filmmakers to explore the theme “What’s Next?” in short films of 1-8 minutes.
Kamb’s film, Grandpa, Remember Me?, is a perceptive and poignant piece that explores the difficulties of living with a loved one whose memories are slowly disappearing. According to the film’s description, “this film is for those who refuse to abandon their loved ones in difficult times, even if it means sharing some of the hardship.”
The fellowship extends for an entire year, which will enable Kamb to receive feedback from professional filmmakers and executives on any forthcoming film projects.
Congratulations and best of luck to Alex Kamb!
-- Stephanie George ’17