Keri Putnam is the Executive Director of the non-profit Sundance Institute whose mission is to discover and develop independent artists and introduce audiences to their new work. Putnam oversees the Institute’s annual Sundance Film Festival, as well as the Feature Film, Documentary, Film Music, Theatre and Native & Indigenous Programs. Since joining the Sundance Institute in 2010, Putnam has advanced the Institute’s international work, expanded its involvement in arts advocacy, and launched new programs bringing technology and film together to enable wider distribution and explore new forms of storytelling.
Before joining Sundance Institute, Putnam served as President of Production for Miramax Films, the Walt Disney Company’s specialty film division, where she was responsible for production, acquisitions, co-production and development. Prior to joining Miramax, Putnam was Executive Vice President, HBO Films, responsible for the development and production of films for both the cable network and for theatrical release.
A graduate of Harvard, Putnam studied theatre and began her career working for Williamstown Theater Festival, McCarter Theater, Arena Stage, the ART, and others. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.