The day will include panel discussions and workshops about the value of failure, with such titles as "The Beauty of Failure" and "How Many Wrongs Make a Right?"
One panel, "Exploratory Detours," will explore the idea that many great achievements come about through correcting failed attempts. Moderating the panel is author and scholar Sarah Lewis, whose upcoming book is "The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery." On the panel are: Charles Limb, an M.D. and associate professor of otolaryngology, head & neck surgery at Johns Hopkins University, who studies the neural processes behind creativity; and screenwriter Eric Roth, an Oscar winner for "Forrest Gump."
Cooper has also selected a movie that reflects his own personal failure: A title he and his Sundance programmers once rejected, but went on to greater glory anyway. The movie Cooper chose is "Bottle Rocket," the 1996 directing debut of Wes Anderson ("Rushmore," "The Fantastic Mr. Fox") that launched the careers of brothers Owen and Luke Wilson. "Bottle Rocket" will screen Monday, Jan. 20, at 6 p.m. at the Yarrow Hotel Theatre in Park City.
The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs Jan. 16-26 in Park City, and at venues in Salt Lake City, Ogden and the Sundance resort in Provo Canyon.