Jacob Marshall, co-founder of the band Mae, came to Windrider Institute to share his story about the connection between faith and the “Multisensory Aesthetic Experience”. Part 5 of the New Copernicans series.
Windrider Institute explores the possibilities of an immersive educational experience at the Sundance Film Festival – with the idea that the Sundance Film Festival could provide a dynamic learning laboratory for students, to engage in a cultural dialogue as it takes shape.
In 2005, two institutions, Fuller Theological Seminary and Biola University, participated in the inaugural Windrider Forum at Sundance with the assumption that they would simply be guests at the festival, and that their spiritual conversations would be of little interest to the Sundance filmmakers and the broader public.
Many films viewed at Sundance were a visually potent picture of the filmmaker’s heartfelt search for answers – those filmmakers were brought back to the Windrider Forum classroom to shape a Q&A approach to honor their craft, listen to their stories, and find thoughtful, spiritual themes in their work. The goal is to create live and virtual community spaces across the globe that allow people to thoughtfully explore the centrality of story in how we make and understand meaning in the world. To that end, Windrider serves as a leadership forum, international student film festival, content provider, producer, laboratory, classroom, and resource provider to inspire people to create, view, and discuss visual media that address life’s ultimate questions.