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A Lucky Documentary Maker

Some people say it's easier to win the lottery than it is to get into the Sundance Festival. If that's true then Jeffrey Blitz ’90, MA ’91, has hit the jackpot.

Blitz's film Lucky was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 indie film fest in Park City, Utah. Lucky is a documentary about what happens when ordinary people win the lottery and become millionaires overnight. January's Sundance trip was Blitz's second and his second nomination for a prize at the festival. In 2007 he took home the festival's directing award for the feature film Rocket Science.

Lucky didn't win at Sundance this year, but that doesn't mean Blitz himself isn't already a winner. Just last year he garnered an Emmy Award for directing the NBC television comedy The Office. And even though his first film, Spellbound, a documentary about the national spelling bee, was rejected from Sundance, it went on to win a 2003 Oscar nomination and become a huge box office hit.