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By his own admission, John Landis is a film geek. His love of cinema started when he was a kid and encompasses everything from Laurel & Hardy to Disney, from Bunuel to B-movies, from monsters and fantasy to animation and musicals. This robust passion for an array of genres goes a long way toward explaining the subversive, genre-bending spirit that makes his work distinctive. As Guillermo del Toro wrote of him, “One genre at a time is not enough to contain his enthusiasm.”

Constantly upending convention and reinventing genres, Landis began his career in the Fox mailroom at the dusk of the studio system. In addition to making Kentucky Fried Movie, Animal House, The Blues Brothers, Trading Places, ¡Three Amigos!, Coming to America, An American Werewolf in London, Innocent Blood, “Masters of Horror” as well as the “Thriller” music video and the documentary Slasher, about used car salesman, he has also starred as a gorilla, sent Raquel Welch’s bra to Vietnam, been killed by Toshiro Mifune, written the book Monsters in Movies and shared his infectious love of film through countless book forwards and documentary interviews.

Just as a single genre can’t contain his enthusiasm, nor can a single hour. But we’ll see what happens.


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John Landis

A legendary director, John Landis is best known for his comedies, which include National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978), The Blues Brothers (1980), An American Werewolf in London (1981), Trading Places (1983), ¡Three Amigos! (1986), Coming to America (1988), and Burke & Hare (2010). Branching out into television, Landis was Executive Producer of the HBO comedy Dream On in the early 1990s. More recently, Landis directed the Emmy Award-winning documentary Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project.


John Nein

John Nein is a senior programmer at the Sundance Film Festival and deals primarily with US and international feature films. He also plans the festival’s panels and runs the Institute’s film preservation initiative. John grew up in Europe and the United States, studied history at Carleton College and earned his MFA from UCLA’s Film Directing program, where he made several award-winning shorts and lobbied tirelessly for better coffee in the vending machines.


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