GPP Testimonials

 Rafaela Marone, transfer student from Brazil:

“It was truly amazing to see a what a group of students could do, not just at Sundance, but also prior to that, when we were preparing for the festival. People often assume because we are students, we are not as experienced and maybe not ready for such event, but I believe we went there and proved any person who doubted us wrong, working with determination and true passion.”

Daisy Dai, prior GPP Executive Board Member and now Cal Alum:

“[GPP] offered me a once in a lifetime opportunity: to be a reporter at Sundance. I never dreamed I would get a chance to interview people in the film industry, and the advice they gave was priceless. I will always treasure this experience, and I am truly thankful I got it.”

Farrah Kazemi, Cal student:

“I got a lot out of this experience and my trip to Sundance exceeded my expectations. Being in a constant run and gun situation is not something I’ve experienced so being able to do that taught me a lot.”

Kaitlyn Berry:

“Sundance was a great learning experience for me. I had never been on a press line before, or experienced a festival from a coverage standpoint. The organization, scheduling, and outreach required to get us there opened my eyes to many aspects of the indie film industry, and was all invaluable knowledge for what I wanted to do as a career. The amount of hard work necessary to get us here wasn’t trivial – but it was gratifying, and working alongside talented and motivated individuals made for a memorable experience.”

Tobias Deml, Cal Alumnus:

“Going to Sundance with [GPP] was an indispensable experience for me. IT was impressive that a student group could interact more powerfully with the festival than some professional newspapers and the infrastructure set up inside of [GPP] made a very Productive experience both for the people who participated as well as other Berkeley students that could benefit from our reporting. It was a once in a lifetime experience, and I really enjoyed our young and motivated team.”

Isabel Gallenberg, first year Cal student:

“My experience at Sundance was unlike anything I possibly could have imagined it to be. It was the first time I’ve had the opportunity to go into an atmosphere of that kind to both conduct myself professionally AND be treated professionally. We’re all undergraduate students but people actually recognized the work we were capable of and they took us seriously for it. There were challenges, of course, but we became that much stronger through them. In the end, the outcome was overwhelmingly satisfying.”

Riley Miller, first year Cal student:

“Joining [GPP] was perhaps the greatest decision of my college career thus far. The experience I have gained from the web series attending Sundance is unparalleled with any sort of production experience I’ve had in the past. I understand that [GPP] still has a lot to offer in my pursuit of a career in the film industry, and I’m excited for any and every future pursuits I will have with the organization.”

Alyssa So, third year Cal student:

“Attending Sundance with [GPP] absolutely blew my mind.  I already knew that it was going to be a great experience, but this completely shattered my expectations in the best possible way.  From working presslines, to listening in to panels, to running sound for our interviews, the hustle and bustle of Park City, Utah never seemed to end.  All I could think was, ‘This was it.'”

This was what we spent months preparing for and we were finally here!  It was incredible to see such a huge volume of people who were passionate about the film industry in one place.  From my cultural experience, you aren’t really taught to pursue the entertainment industry, and so it seemed like such a far away concept for me.  Being at Sundance grounded that dream.  One thing that struck me was how relatively young we were in comparison to everyone else.

We are students, and we managed to do something that most individuals don’t even get a chance to do until they’re established in their work.  Moreover, I’m just so thankful for the memories I made with my fellow teammates.  I’m keeping those close to my heart.”

 Matt Johnston:

“[GPP] At Sundance was one of the most eye-opening and fulfilling experiences of my life. The process and progress of helping develop our web series and pursuing many financial-boosting opportunities taught me countless lessons about bringing a passion project to life and in full force – from nothing. Our collective dedication and perseverance resulted in about $20,000 of fundraising for over 20 Berkeley students and alumni to stay in Park City, UT for the entire Sundance Film Festival experience.

Every single day at the festival was a joyride: An impeccable staff efficiently maintaining giant crowds and filling in every seat in every theater; a convenient transit system providing free and constant transportation to all Sundance venues in Park City; excellent films and film programs; and surprisingly easy interactions with high-profile industry men and women, including A-list stars and directors.

I got to personally meet and communicate directly with Christopher Nolan, Richard Linklater, Colin Trevorrow, Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson and many of the shorts program and feature filmmakers!The epic journey in whole is something I consider a major professional milestone. I would highly recommend it to any serious filmmakers or film-goers.”

These can be your stories if you decide to take the plunge and join GPP to train and succeed at the #1 film fest in the country this January 2017!


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