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Sundance Institute Announces Additional Local Lens Screenings in Park City

Park City, UT – Sundance Institute’s Local Lens program, which offers members of the Utah community access to free screenings and events year-round, has announced three additional summer screenings of films from the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, all taking place in Park City. 

The first Park City screening in July will be The Janes, an incredibly timely story demonstrating how the fight for safe and legal abortions was, and continues to be, an uncertain and perilous undertaking. Directors Tia Lessin and Emma Pildes will attend for an introduction and post-screening Q&A, along with a special guest. 

In August, Sundance Institute is partnering with Park City Film to host screenings of 2nd Chance and Emily the Criminal at Twilight Drive-in at Olympic Park. 

Please see below for more information and the schedule of events:

July 28, 2022: Local Lens Screening of The Janes with Directors Tia Lessin and Emma Pildes and a Special Guest 

Metropolitan Redstone 8 Cinemas, Park City 

7:00 PM | The Janes, Introduction and Q&A with directors Tia Lessin and Emma Pildes, and a Special Guest 

The Janes / U.S.A. (Directors: Tia Lessin, Emma Pildes, Producers: Emma Pildes, Daniel Arcana, Jessica Levin) — In the spring of 1972, police raided an apartment on Chicago’s South Side. Seven women were arrested. The accused were part of a clandestine network. Using code names, blindfolds and safe houses, they built an underground service for women seeking safe, affordable, illegal abortions. They called themselves JANE. World Premiered in the 2022 Sundance Film Festival’s U.S. Documentary Competition section (Nonfiction) Stills available. Trailer.

August 5, 2022: Local Lens Screening of 2nd Chance

Twilight Drive-in at Utah Olympic Park, Park City 

7:45 PM | 2nd Chance

2nd Chance / U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Ramin Bahrani, Producers: Daniel Turcan, Johnny Galvin, Charles Dorfman, Ramin Bahrani, Jacob Grodnik) — Bankrupt pizzeria owner Richard Davis invented the modern-day bulletproof vest. To prove that it worked, he shot himself 192 times. He launched a multi-million-dollar company and became a cult figure among police. Davis’ rise and fall reveals a man of contradictions and the nature of power and impunity in America. World Premiered in the 2022 Sundance Film Festival’s Premieres section (Nonfiction) Stills available

August 5, 2022: Local Lens Screening of Emily the Criminal 

Twilight Drive-in at Utah Olympic Park, Park City 

9:30 PM | Emily the Criminal

Emily the Criminal / U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: John Patton Ford, Producers: Tyler Davidson, Aubrey Plaza, Drew Sykes) — Emily (Aubrey Plaza) is saddled with student debt and locked out of the job market due to a minor criminal record. Desperate for income, she takes a shady gig as a “dummy shopper,” buying goods with stolen credit cards supplied by a handsome and charismatic middleman named Youcef (Theo Rossi). Emily soon finds herself seduced by the quick cash and illicit thrills of black-market capitalism, and increasingly interested in her mentor Youcef. Together, they hatch a plan to bring their business to the next level in Los Angeles. Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Theo Rossi, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Gina Gershon. World Premiered in the 2022 Sundance Film Festival’s Premieres section (Fiction) Stills available. Trailer.

Local Lens Screenings previously announced in Salt Lake City and around Utah still to come include…

July 14, 2022: Fire of Love

Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre, Salt Lake City

Dusk | Fire of Love 

Come early and enjoy special programming presented by JOYMOB events, including a story wall and a surprise show around 8:30 PM!

July 21, 2022: Cha Cha Real Smooth

Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre, Salt Lake City

Dusk | Cha Cha Real Smooth, Rated R

Come early and enjoy special programming presented by JOYMOB events, including a story wall and a surprise show around 8:30 PM!

July 28, 2022: Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman 

Kamas Valley Branch Library, Kamas

6:00 PM | Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman

Check sundance.org/sundancelocals for the latest. 

To register for screenings and events, please visit sundance.org/sundance-institute-events

Sundance Institute’s Utah Community Program is supported by Principal Sponsor Zions Bank; Major Supporters State of Utah, Utah Division of Arts & Museums, University of Utah Health, Acura, and Adobe; and Community Supporters Salt Lake County; Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks (ZAP) Program; Peggy Bergmann; Summit County Recreation, Arts, and Parks (RAP) Tax; George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation; and Salt Lake City Arts Council.

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