College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Cinematic Arts & Technology Faculty Film Accepted to Sundance Festival

Congratulations to Cinematic Arts faculty Meghan O'Hara and Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck! Their documentary short film "The Field Trip" was accepted by The Sundance Institute and will screen at the 2021 Sundance Festival beginning on January 28, 2021.

"The Field Trip" documents a group of fifth grade students as they learn what it takes to get ahead in the modern American workplace through a field trip to Junior Achievement's Biztown simulation of various businesses and offices.

Please see the full feature article by University Communication's Walter Ryce on the CSUMB homepagefor full details and additional information.

Fast Facts:

  • The film's third co-director is Mike Attie, a professor of film at the University of the Arts, and co-director of Meghan O'Hara's 2014 film, "In Country."
  • The film was one of 50 selected films from nearly 10,000 submissions-an acceptance rate of 0.5%.
  • Cinematic Arts alum and lecturer J. Cody Baker was colorist on the film.
  • Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck's drama short film, "Charlie and the Rabbit" premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and was co-directed by 2007 Cinematic Arts alum Robert Machoian.
  • Visit Sundance's page on "The Field Trip" for an overview, information on ticket availability, and a Meet the Artists video.
  • The short was featured on the New York Times home page on January 28 as part of their Op-Docs features. "The Field Trip" was the only doc optioned from Sundance by the New York Times-congratulations! The link provided allows you to view the short for free on the NYT page.

Tickets are available as a single film ticket ($15) for the day of the premiere on January 28, or available on demand anytime during the festival with an Explorer Pass level-ticket ($25). For ticket information, please visit