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An Artist At The Table

Sundance Film Festival Opening Night Celebration


Come celebrate the Sundance Film Festival’s bold spirit of independent storytelling, meet some of the amazing artists working with us, and become a part of our extended family all while benefitting the programs of our nonprofit Sundance Institute.

On Thursday, January 18th, 2018, guests at An Artist at the Table will attend the world premiere of the Festival’s opening night film, Blindspotting. Directed by Carlos Lopez Estrada the film was co-written by and co-stars Tony Award winner Daveed Diggs (from the original cast of the Broadway musical Hamilton) and Rafael Casal.

Following this incredible screening , guests will enjoy cocktails, dinner, and a reception with a talented Sundance artist joining them at their table. Hybrid performance ensemble String Theory—known for their genre-bending, immersive performances at events like the Emmy and Grammy Awards—will provide unique entertainment throughout the evening.

At last year’s event, we raised over $600,000 for emerging artists—which funded grants, mentorships, and other critical resources to help them bring their stories to life. This year, we’re aiming to surpass that goal to provide even deeper support for independent storytellers.

An Artist at the Table sells out early every year. Reserve your table or seat today to ensure you don’t miss out on this unique opportunity!

Attending Artists

We are thrilled to announce our first confirmed artists in attendance with many more to come!

Packages & Tickets

  • Director’s Table—$25,000
    ($23,830 is tax-deductible)
    • Preferred Seating for nine at the Eccles Theatre opening night screening
    • Premium table for nine guests and one Sundance Institute artist
    • Choose the artist at your table from a select group of attending artists
    • Complimentary tickets to the artist’s film for you and your attending guests
    • Early purchase access to additional event tickets prior to the public sale
    • Recognition in all event materials, on-site signage, and the 2018 An Artist at the Table web page
  • Patron Table—$15,000
    ($13,830 is tax-deductible)
    • Reserved Seating for nine at the Eccles Theatre opening night screening
    • Premium Table for nine guests and one Sundance Institute artist
    • Recognition in on-site signage and the 2018 An Artist at the Table web page
  • Individual Ticket—$1,500
    ($1,370 is tax-deductible)
    • Reserved Seating for one at the Eccles Theatre opening night screening
    • One guest ticket for cocktails and dinner with an artist at your table
  • Cocktails & Dinner Ticket—$1,250
    ($1,120 is tax-deductible)
    • One guest ticket for cocktails and dinner with an artist at your table


  • Underwrite an Artist Pledge—$1,500
    ($1,500 is tax-deductible)
    • Support the attendance of a Sundance Institute artist at the event.
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    • If you are unable to attend, you can also support Sundance Institute by making a tax-deductible contribution in any amount.

Recognition & Seating Options

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Generous Supporters

Presenting Sponsor

Official Provider
DeJoria Center

In-Kind Supporter
Nicholas and Company
Cactus & Tropicals

Director’s Table Supporter
Jim and Susan Swartz
Jeanne Donovan Fisher

Patron Table Supporter
Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah
Philipp Engelhorn and Cameron Yates
Ed and Betsy Wallace-Godycki
Kenneth Cole and Maria Cuomo Cole
Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation
Ellen Rosenberg

An Artist at the Table Event Chairs
Pat Mitchell, Chair, Board of Trustees
Amy Redford, Executive Committee, Board of Trustees
Katie Eldridge, Utah Advisory Board

Sundance Institute Board of Trustees
Robert Redford, Founder
Pat Mitchell, Board Chair
Jeanne Donovan Fisher, Vice Chair
Geoffrey Sands, Vice Chair
Sean Bailey
Ritesh Batra, Artist Trustee
Kenneth Cole
Ryan Coogler, Artist Trustee
Pascal Desroches
Fred Dust
Ava Duvernay, Artist Trustee
Philipp Engelhorn
Caterina Fake
Robert (Bob) Frankenberg
Donna Gruneich
Cindy Harrell Horn
Charles King
Lisa Kron, Artist Trustee
Lyn Lear
Gigi Pritzker
Alejandro Ramirez Magana
Amy Redford
Nadine Schiff
Jim Swartz
Jacki Zehner
Wally Weisman, Chair Emeritus

Utah Advisory Board
Susan Fredston-Hermann - Utah Advisory Board Chair
Susan Bramble
Andy Cier
Katie Eldridge
Theresa Foxley
Nancy Garrison
Joyce Keil-Chafin
Shari Levitin
Claudia McMullin
Virginia Pearce
Heidi Prokop
Coleen Reardon
Rhonda Sideris
Jenny Wilson
Jacki Zehner
Diane Foster - Ex-Officio
Donna Gruneich - Members Emeritus
Margaret (Margo) Lasecke-Jacobs - Members Emeritus
Tina Lewis - Members Emeritus
Rory Murphy - Members Emeritus

About Your Contribution

The Sundance Film Festival is one of the many programs offered by the nonprofit Sundance Institute. Your ticket purchase to the Sundance Film Festival’s An Artist at the Table event includes a contribution to Sundance Institute and directly supports independent artists around the world throughout the year.

Working to advance the impact of artists and their work in society, the Institute discovers, supports, and inspires independent film and theatre artists from the United States and around the world, and introduces new audiences to their work. Through all of its activities, the Institute fosters originality, authenticity, and diversity in storytelling.

Beyond the Sundance Film Festival, Sundance Institute's programs include the Feature Film Program, Documentary Film Program, Short Film Program, Film Music Program, Theatre Program, Native American and Indigenous Film Program, New Frontier, Creative Producing Initiative, Episodic Storytelling Initiative, Ignite, Catalyst Initiative, Diversity Initiative, Creative Distribution Initiative, and the Women In Film Initiative, in addition to free community programs and a variety of opportunities for high school and university students.

To reserve your tickets or request additional information, please us at (435) 575-8079 or artistatthetable@sundance.org.

Gifts to Sundance Institute are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.