Presented by SVFF and Zions Bank

Our signature event. Join us Thursday, Friday, and Saturday morning at 10am for free Coffee Talks with industry insiders as they share their war stories and answer questions from the audience.

2015 SVFF Coffee Talks Guests


Trevor Groth, Thursday, March 5th, 10am nexStage Theatre

Trevor Groth, Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival has been added to the Coffee Talks lineup and will share his insights and experience with the caffeinated crowd on Thursday, March 5th at 10AM. As the Director of Programming, Trevor oversees the film and jury selection process, supervises the programming staff and works with the Director of Sundance on long-term strategic planning. In 2009, he was one of ten festival directors asked to contribute to the Phaidon Press publication Take 100: The Future of Film: 100 New Directors.  


















Bill Paxton- Friday, March 6th, 10am nexStage Theatre

Bill Paxton joins SVFF as the second special guest at this year’s Coffee Talks, presented by Zions Bank. Mr. Paxton has amassed an impressive body of work over his career with such movies as Aliens, Twister, Titanic, and Apollo 13.  Mr. Paxton will also be on hand during our 20th anniversary Hollywood Heritage series screening of Apollo 13. Of course for many of us, we can’t help recalling Mr. Paxton as Wyatt’s bully older brother, Chet Donnelly in John Hughes’ 1985 teen-sci-fi comedy Weird Science.







Bruce Dern- Saturday, March 7th, 10am, nexStage Theatre

Bruce Dern’s tremendous career is made up of playing both modern day heroes and legendary villains. Through decades of critically acclaimed performances, Bruce has acquired the reputation of being one of the most talented and prolific actors of his generation.

A celebrated stage actor, Bruce was trained by famed director Elia Kazan at The Actor’s Studio and made his film debut in Kazan’s “Wild River” (1960). In the 1960’s, Bruce also found success as a distinguished television actor. He appeared regularly in contemporary Western TV-series as well as Alfred Hitchcock’s television series. Hitchcock was such a fan of Bruce, he cast him in both “Marnie” and, “Family Plot” (Hitchcock’s final film). During the 1960’s, Bruce went on to work with director Roger Corman and appeared in several of his classic and decade defining films including “Wild Angels.” He received critical success for films such as “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” and “Drive, He Said” and went down in history for his role as Long Hair in “The Cowboys” in which he became the first man ever to kill John Wayne.

Bruce went on to star in such classic films like “The King of Marvin Gardens” with Jack Nicholson and Ellen Burstyn as well as playing Tom Buchanan in “The Great Gatsby” (for which he received a Golden Globe nomination). It was his brilliant and powerful performance in Hal Ashby’s “Coming Home” that earned him both an Academy Award and Golden Globe nomination.

Most recently Bruce has worked with iconic directors Francis Ford Coppola in “Twixt”, Quentin Tarantino in “Django Unchained” and Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska” where he won the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013 and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in 2014. He is once again partnered with Quentin Taranatino in “The H8tful Eight” currently filming in Telluride, Colorado.