Wed, Jul 1 - DUSK, approx. 9 PM
SLC - Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre
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.
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.
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.
Our 2015 Summer Film Series is included in the listed screenings above. Please check back for additions, or join our email list to receive email updates!
Promontory Foundation, Red Butte Garden, Salt Lake City Arts Council, Utah Division of Arts & Museums and the National Endowment for the Arts
Directed by Jerusha Hess
Written By Jerusha Hess, Shannon Hale
97-minutes, U.S.A., 2013 Sundance Film Festival
Jane’s life-size paper doll of Mr. Darcy and her “I Love Darcy” tote may be tattered, but even in her thirties, she hasn’t grown out of her obsession with all things Jane Austen. Careworn by love, she saves enough to fulfill her dream of stepping into Austen’s world and heads to Austenland for an “immersive” vacation to eschew all things modern. And it couldn’t be more perfect. There’s an imposing manor with verdant grounds for afternoon promenades, rosy-faced servants, trusty steeds for hunting expeditions, gilded drawing rooms for evenings spent in polite conversation, and, yes, gallant young suitors. Unfortunately, due to limited funds, she’s relegated to lesser quarters and drearier costumes than fellow bachelorette guests, but her cares melt away as she catches the eye of a young footman, and she’s swept into a romantic adventure she could never have imagined.
Will fantasy and reality merge for Jane? A wickedly funny, irreverent comedy, featuring a malapropism-peppered performance by Jennifer Coolidge and an impeccable cast of archetypal characters, Austenland hits all the right notes of the Regency era and our curious infatuation with it.
Presented in collaboration with Summit County Library for “Library Lovers’ Month”.
Free and open to the public. No ticket needed.
Directed and written by Stuart Murdoch
111 minutes, color, United Kingdom, 2014 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection, 2014 Sundance Film Festival World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Ensemble Performance
This musical from Stuart Murdoch of Belle & Sebastian is about some messed up boys and girls and the music they made. Cast: Emily Browning, Olly Alexander, Hannah Murray, Pierre Boulanger, Cora Bissett.
Film not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America. Film contains strong language throughout.
Directed by Malik Bendjelloul
86 minutes, color, Sweden, United Kingdom, 2012 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection, 2012 Sundance Film Festival World Documentary Audience Award, 2013 Academy Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary
Rodriguez was the greatest ‘70s US rock icon who never was. Hailed as the greatest recording artist of his generation he disappeared into oblivion – rising again from the ashes in a completely different context many miles away.
*See Rodriguez perform at Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre on July 9 - More Information »
Film rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America.
Directed by Tony Vainuku and Erika Cohn
87-minutes, U.S.A., 2015 Sundance Film Festival
Set in the Salt Lake Valley, this gripping documentary follows four young Polynesian football players struggling to overcome gang violence and poverty as they enter the high-stakes world of recruiting, competitive athletics and family pressures.
*Local Film Representatives will attend and participate in a guided discussion before the film.
Film not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America. Contains strong language throughout and discussions of alcohol and drug use.
Directed by Benh Zeitlin
93-minutes, U.S.A. , 2012 Sundance Film Festival, 2012 Sundance Film Festival U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and Excellence in Cinematography Award
Waters gonna rise up, wild animals gonna rerun from the grave, and everything south of the levee is goin’ under, in this tale of a six year old named Hushpuppy, who lives with her daddy at the edge of the world. Cast: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry.
*Presented in collaboration with the Kimball Arts Festival, as part of the Festival After Dark program. More Information »
Film rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America.
Directed by Daniel Junge
102-minutes, U.S.A., 2015 Sundance Film Festival
Millions know the man, but few know his story. Academy Award-winner Daniel Junge (Saving Face) and actor/producer Johnny Knoxville take a candid look at American daredevil and icon Robert "Evel" Knievel while also reflecting on our voracious public appetite for heroes and spectacle.
*Presented in collaboration with Park City Recreation.
Come early! Bike demo at 7 PM. Prizes for best Evel Knievel costume. Director Daniel Junge to attend participate in a guided discussion before the film.
Film not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America. Contains strong language throughout.
Directed by David Wain
97-minutes, U.S.A., 2001 Sundance Film Festival
1981. It's the last day of Camp Firewood's season, but there's still time for the big talent show, a little romance... and for everyone to be wiped out by the piece of NASA's Skylab that's hurtling toward Earth. Film rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America.
‘80s attire encouraged: come dressed as your favorite Camp Firewood counselor or camper!
A special thank you to the #SUNDANCELOCALS who voted!
Directed by Louie Psihoyos
90-minutes color, U.S.A., 2015 Sundance Film Festival
Academy Award-winner Louie Psihoyos (The Cove) assembles a unique team to show the world never-before-seen images that expose issues surrounding endangered species and mass extinction. Whether infiltrating notorious black markets or exploring humans' effect on the environment, Racing Extinction will change the way you see the world
*Presented in collaboration with Recycle Utah.
Film not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America. Several instances of mild language.
Directed by Greg Whiteley
86-minutes, U.S.A., 2015 Sundance Film Festival
This feature-length documentary examines the collision of innovation with our nation’s obsolete education system. Follow students, teachers, and concerned parents at a radically different high school that is attempting to rethink what it means to be an educated young adult prepared for the twenty-first century. Film not rated.
Presented by Sundance Institute, Park City Education Foundation, Park City Film Series, Park City School District, and the Weilenmann School of Discovery
Free and open to the public, no ticket needed.
*Post-film discussion with Ted Dintersmith, Organizer, Funder, and Executive Producer of Most Likely To Succeed; Cynthia K. Phillips, Executive Director, Weilenmann School of Discovery; Dr. Kathleen Einhorn, Associate Superintendent of Teaching, Learning and Technology, Park City School District; Al Landon, Partner, Community BanCapital; Charlie Mathews, K-12 STEM Coordinator, Park City School District; and moderated by Leslie Thatcher, News Director, KPCW.
Directed by Rory Kennedy
98-minutes, U.S.A., 2014 Sundance Film Festival, 2015 Academy Award Nominee for Best Feature Documentary
During the chaotic final weeks of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon as the panicked South Vietnamese people desperately attempt to escape. On the ground, American soldiers and diplomats confront the same moral quandary: whether to obey White House orders to evacuate U.S. citizens only--or to risk treason and save the lives of as many South Vietnamese citizens as they can.
Presented in collaboration with KUED Channel 7 to honor those who have served. Post-film discussion.
Screening is free and open to the public. RSVP required.