Utah Community Events

Engaging Utah Audiences through Independent Film, Music, and Theatre.


Sundance Institute hosts community programs both year-round and at the annual Sundance Film Festival to offer local Utah audiences the chance to experience independent film, theatre, and music through free screenings and discussions. 


Community Events & Summer Screening Series


Step into the world of the Sundance Institute Artist Programs. From screenings and script readings to musical performances and discussions, we showcase work supported by Sundance Institute and give you an opportunity to meet the artists and discuss their work. These events are FREE and open to the public.

Free Community Screening: Freedom Summer

FREEDOM SUMMER

Directed by Stanley Nelson
113 minutes, color & b/w, U.S.A.,2014 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection 

In the summer of 1964, more than 700 students descended on violent, segregated Mississippi. Defying authorities, they registered voters, created freedom schools, and established the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. Not all of them would make it through. Fifty years later, eyewitness accounts and never-before-seen archival material tell their story.

Free Community Screenings Presented in Collaboration with KUED Channel 7

When:Wednesday, October 1
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location:Eccles Theatre, Dolores Doré Eccles Fine Arts Center, St. George, UT
Host:Dixie State University-DOCUTAH

When:Thursday, October 2
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location:Sterling Church Auditorium, Sharwan Smith Student Center, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT

2014 Summer Screening Series

2014 Summer Program

TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM

Directed by Morgan Neville
91 min., color, U.S.A., 2013 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection
2014 Academy Award winner, Film rated PG-13

Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we’ve had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead — until now.

Tuesday, July 8, 9:30 p.m., Red Butte Amphitheatre, Salt Lake City, UT

Friday, August 1, 9 p.m., City Park, Park City, UT
*Presented in collaboration with the Kimball Arts Festival and Park City Institute


WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS

Directed by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement
86 min., color, New Zealand/United States, 2014 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection, Film not rated

This mockumentary follows the struggles of a group of New Zealand-based vampires to understand modern society and adapt to the ever-changing world around them.

Tuesday, July 15, 9 p.m., Red Butte Amphitheatre, Salt Lake City, UT
Presented in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Sundance Institute’s Native and Indigenous Program


PING PONG SUMMER

Directed by Michael Tully
92 min., color, U.S.A., 2014 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection, Film not rated

1985. Ocean City, Maryland. Summer vacation. Rap music. Parachute pants. Ping pong. First crushes. Best friends. Mean bullies. Weird mentors. That awkward, momentous time in your life when you're treated like an alien by everyone around you, even though you know deep down you're as funky fresh as it gets.

Friday, July 25, 9 p.m., City Park, Park City, UT
Presented in collaboration with Park City Recreation
*Play ping pong in the Park – starting at 7 P.M. '80s attire encouraged!


BATARD BASTARDS OF BASEBALL

Directed by Chapman Way and Maclain Way
73 min., color, U.S.A., 2014 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection

Hollywood veteran Bing Russell creates the only independent baseball team in the country – alarming the baseball establishment and sparking the meteoric rise of the 1970s Portland Mavericks.

Wednesday, August 13, 9 p.m., Red Butte Amphitheatre, Salt Lake City, UT


BIG NIGHT

Directed by Campbell Scott and Stanley Tucci
107 min., color, U.S.A., 1996 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection, Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award

A failing Italian restaurant run by two brothers gambles on one special night to try to save the business.

Friday, August 15, 9 p.m., City Park, Park City, UT
*Film presented in classic 35 mm.


GOD HELP THE GIRL

Directed by Stuart Murdoch
111 min., color, United Kingdom, 2014 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection, World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Ensemble Performance

This musical from Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian is about some messed-up boys and girls and the music they make.

Wednesday, August 20, 9 p.m., Red Butte Amphitheatre, Salt Lake City, UT


Community Choice Winner: SLC PUNK!

Directed by James Merendino
97 min., color, U.S.A., 1999 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection, Film rated R

Anarchy in the land of Zion! A subversive comedy which tells the story of Stevo and his best friend, Heroin Bob, who are the only two dedicated punk rockers in God-fearing Salt Lake City, Utah, in the thoroughly Reaganized early 1980s.

Wednesday, August 27, 9 p.m., Red Butte Amphitheatre, Salt Lake City, UT


Events for Utah Locals During The Sundance Film Festival

Each year at the Sundance Film Festival, we give five percent of our total seats to the local community. Through this program we are able to offer free screenings for our film-loving community, interactive discussions with filmmakers and high school students, as well as specialized community-interest screenings.

Ticket Packages for Utah Locals

Discover the different ticket packages for Utah Locals during the Sundance Film Festival. Learn more

BEST OF FEST

After the Festival ends, Sundance Institute presents complimentary screenings of award-winning films to Locals in Salt Lake, Park City, Sundance Resort, and Ogden. Screenings are FREE, and patrons must pick up tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. Each Main Box Office (Park City, Salt Lake City, Sundance Resort, and Ogden) hands out tickets for their local Best of Fest screenings. All Main Box Offices distribute these free tickets on Saturday, January 17, 2015. Beginning two hours before the screening time, Locals without tickets can request a waitlist number through their eWaitlist account. For more information on the eWaitliat, please visit sundance.org/wait. There is a limit of two tickets per person per screening (with a maximum of four tickets total) in Park City, Ogden, and Sundance Resort. Because of overwhelming demand for Salt Lake City screenings, Best of Fest tickets are limited to two tickets total in order to accommodate more patrons. Best of Fest tickets are reserved for Utah Locals. Utah Locals are defined as residents with either a Utah Driver's License or a Utah State ID card.

Sundance Institute is proud to acknowledge and thank Zions Bank, the Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development, Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts, and Parks (ZAP) Program, Summit County Recreation, Arts, & Parks (RAP) Program, Utah Division of Arts & Museums, and National Endowment for the Arts for their support of Best of Fest, a Sundance Institute Community Outreach Program.

Best of Fest Ticket Distribution: Saturday, January 17, 2015 only. ALL Main Box Offices 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. All Main Box Offices will be closed Sunday, January, 18 and Monday, January 19, 2015.

Please note that Locals Online Ticket Pickup will also begin on Saturday, January, 17, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.

Best of Fest Screenings: Monday, February 2, 2015. Titles will be posted on Sunday, February 1.

Eccles Theatre, Park City

  • 6:00 p.m. TBD TBD
  • 9:00 p.m. TBD TBD

Sundance Resort Screening Room

  • 6:00 p.m. TBD TBD
  • 9:00 p.m. TBD TBD

Rose Wagner Center, Salt Lake City

  • 3:30 p.m. TBD TBD
  • 6:30 p.m. TBD TBD
  • 9:30 p.m. TBD TBD

Ogden Peery's Egyptian Theatre

  • 6:30 p.m. TBD TBD
  • 9:30 p.m. TBD TBD
Townie Tuesday - FREE Screenings

Sundance Institute presents FREE screenings for Summit County residents (with proof of ID) on Tuesday, January 27, 2015. Films screen at both the Library Center Theatre and the Redstone Cinemas. NEW: Tickets for these Townie Tuesday screenings will be distributed simultaneously with Best of Fest tickets at the Park City Main Box Office beginning Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. You must be a Summit County resident, at least 18 years old, and present a legal Utah ID to collect your tickets. Limit two tickets per person. Please note that we cannot guarantee that a Townie Tuesday film will not also be a Best of Fest screening as well.

Sundance Institute is proud to acknowledge and thank George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation, the Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development, and Summit County Recreation, Arts, & Parks (RAP) Program for their support of Townie Tuesday, a Sundance Institute Community Outreach Program.

Townie Tuesday Ticket Distribution: Saturday, January 17, 2015. Park City Main Box Office 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Titles to be announced December 15, 2014.

Townie Tuesday Screenings: January 27, 2015

Redstone Cinema 7:00 p.m. - (Waitlist Only)

Library Center Theatre 8:30 p.m. - (Waitlist Only)

Utah Student Screening Series

Since 2000, Sundance Institute offers Utah students and teachers the opportunity to participate in one of the world's top film festivals through the Student Screenings Program.

The Sundance Institute | George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation High Student Screenings Program presents 2015 Sundance Film Festival films specially chosen by Institute staff to introduce students to the art of independent film and engage them in stories from around the globe. Rigorous attention is given to ensure films contain content appropriate for this age group.

Through the generous support of George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation; The Park City Community Foundation; Park City Municipal Corporation; Park City Rotary Club; Salt Lake Arts Council; Salt Lake County Economic Development Department; Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts & Parks (ZAP) Program; Summit County Recreation Arts and Parks (RAP) Program; Utah Division Arts & Museums and the National Endowment for the Arts the Program is FREE to students and teachers.

Since Festival films are not yet rated, we encourage audiences concerned about film content to consider films selected for the Student Screening Program. The 2015 Program list of films will be announced in December.