Sundance USA: Meet the Venues
On January 26, Sundance Film Festival USA dispatches nine filmmakers from Park City to nine cities across the country to screen and discuss their direct-from-Festival films with audiences. In the coming weeks, we’ll introduce you to this year’s hosts by featuring them in our venue profile series.
Coolidge Corner Theatre, Boston, MA
The Coolidge Corner Theatre is proud to be among the cinemas selected for Sundance Film Festival USA. Much of our year-round programming is essentially a continuation of the film festival (it's a rare moment when we don't have a Sundance selection screening in one of our four theaters), so we can think of no better way to kick-off our calendar year than with a Sundance Film Festival USA event. It gives our audiences a preview of what's to come, and allows them the rare opportunity to participate in the kinds of conversations that happen at the Festival itself.
Boston is a long way from Utah, and despite our proximity to New York, having a director in person to present a premiere screening of his/her new film is a rare treat for our crowd. Coolidge staff members are lucky to have the opportunity to experience the "real deal" in Park City, but to be able to share this with our audiences makes a huge difference. In addition, Sundance Institute has done a terrific job of selecting films that have local angle—In 2010, we got to preview The Company Men, which was filmed in the Boston area, and last year, we welcomed Cambridge, Massachusetts, native Jesse Peretz to the Coolidge (one of his childhood movie haunts) for a screening of Our Idiot Brother. We look forward to another sold-out show in 2012!
Belcourt Theatre, Nashville, TN
Three years ago, the Belcourt Theatre was honored to be among the first group of theatres selected to be part of Sundance Film Festival USA. This year, we're delighted to again be part of this growing initiative. For Belcourt patrons, the theatre's participation in Sundance Film Festival USA powerfully underscores our unique place as Nashville's choice for the best in independent, foreign, and classic films. Why does a partnership like this underscore our place in our own community? Because the Sundance Film Festival is one of the heralds in our world. The tenacious support the Festival provides artists and their stories year in and year out helped create and continues to foster a true movement of compelling independent filmmaking. Here at the Belcourt, we see ourselves as a partner in that mission 365 days a year. But to have the opportunity to bring the actual energy of the Festival to our community for one night, to offer them the opportunity to see something that has been carefully curated but nearly unseen, and to have a completely fresh reaction to it that is authentically individual, toped off with a direct conversation with the artist who created the film -- that is an extraordinary Sundance gift. The Sundance Film Festival USA program shines the light the Festival has focused on filmmakers and broadens it to include art house theatres on January 27, 2012, helping our audiences understand the very real connection between their support of the Belcourt and the vitality of independent filmmaking around the globe. At the same time, they're reminded of the important community of which they’re a part, both in Nashville and nationwide, as fans, friends, and advocates for America's art house theatres.
Enzian Theater, Orlando, FL
Since 1985, Enzian has championed the belief that “Film is Art” and committed itself to bringing that art to our community here in Central Florida. The theater is the oldest full-time, not-for-profit cinema in the state of Florida (26 years and counting) and has exposed more than 1.5 million people to over 5,600 films, even with the limitations of a single screen. We now show more than 100,000 patrons a year the finest American independent and international cinema while delivering a unique dining experience and a multitude of special programming.
Much more than just a place to watch movies, Enzian is a gathering place for the community. The diversity of our area is celebrated through film at Enzian. Our special programming focuses on a broad variety of tastes and cultures. The South Asian Film Festival is now in its 17th year. The Central Florida Film Jewish Festival is celebrating 13 years. Brouhaha, a showcase of Florida filmmakers, turns 20 this year. Popcorn Flicks has brought terrific family-friendly free films to the park for a decade. Cult Classics present the great and often quirky, in 35mm of course. KidFest is a summer camp for young filmmakers with an accompanying film series. These are just a few of the efforts undertaken by Enzian for our community for decades. But the biggest deal happens every Spring--the Florida Film Festival, produced by and at Enzian--a 10-day event where filmmakers and film lovers celebrate the joy of film, food, and friends.
It’s amazing what one little art house can do. Enzian was part of the original Art House Project group and for years we have presented programs of Sundance Film Festival shorts to enthusiastic houses. The news that Enzian will be part of Sundance USA this year has been the talk of the town, and our film-savvy audience is thrilled and proud to welcome a Festival film and its director to our home.
We are honored to be one of a handful of theaters selected for SFFUSA. Like all things film, we will treasure it.