American film and stage producer, writer, and director. He is a cofounder of the Sundance Film Festival, and, in association with Robert Redford, he was the founding executive director of the Sundance Institute. He has directed four feature films as well as several documentaries and television episodes, and has produced over fourteen feature films, documentaries, and television series, including the Academy Award winning The Trip to Bountiful, co-produced with Horton Foote and starring Geraldine Page and John Heard. He collaborated again with Foote on Convicts, starring Robert Duvall and James Earl Jones. In 1986 he and Foote were nominated for an Independent Spirit Award as producers of The Trip to Bountiful, and in 1987 they won a Wise Owl Award for the film. In 1992 he won a Crystal Heart Award as director of Alan and Naomi. He has been announced as the director of the feature film Heart of Africa, currently in development. He is working on the project with screenwriter Margaret Blair Young. From 1999 to 2004, Van Wagenen served as Director of the School of Film and Digital Media at the University of Central Florida. Currently, he is the Producer-in-Residence at the University of Utah; a partner in Pearl Farm Entertainment, based in Los Angeles; and a producer for the Film-Video Division at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.