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Utah Community Programs

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.

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Sundance Film Festival Events for Locals

Each year at the Sundance Film Festival, we give five percent of our total seats to the local community. Through our Utah Community Programs at the annual Film Festival, 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.

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  • The Sundance Institute | George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation Student Screenings Program offers Utah high school and junior high students the opportunity to participate in one of the world's top film festivals. More than 73,000 Utah students and teachers from 106 schools and youth organizations have attended 216 screenings since 2000.

    The Program presents 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; Park City Municipal Corporation; Salt Lake City 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 of Arts & Museums and the National Endowment for the Arts the Program is FREE to students and teachers.

    *Please note that Student Screenings are not included on the public screening schedule. For more information on the Student Screening Program email studentprograms@sundance.org. The Program is only open to Utah-based high school and junior high school students and teachers who participate as a class field trip. Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate individual students attending on their own.

Get Out
Wed., Jul. 3, Dusk
Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre, Salt Lake City

Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family's overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter's interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.

Gates open at 7:30 p.m. Join us early, grab some gear at our new merchandise stand, and get some delectable movie treats from the San Diablo Churros' pop-up stand!

Tue., Jul. 9, Dusk
Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre, Salt Lake City

Finding one’s identity is a challenge everyone faces, but few have the pressure that 12-year-old Abe feels as the son of an Israeli mother and Palestinian father. Thankfully, Abe's passion for food allows him some escape from the escalating family tensions. While exploring Brooklyn to discover new foods, he meets Chico, a Brazilian chef who believes “mixing flavors can bring people together.” Abe decides to plan a Thanksgiving feast that celebrates his diverse heritage, with the hope of unifying his family.

Gates open at 7:30 p.m. Experience world cultures and support the local entrepreneurs of Spice Kitchen - enjoy some Afghan cuisine from Hayat’s Grill and sweet Venezuelan desserts from Delicius, all available for purchase before the screening starts.

Top End Wedding
Fri., Jul. 12, 7:00 p.m.
The Ray Theatre, Park City

Lauren and Ned are engaged. They are in love. And they have just 10 days to find Lauren's mother (who has gone AWOL somewhere in Australia’s remote far north), reunite her parents, and pull off their dream wedding. In this heartfelt romance, director Wayne Blair takes viewers on a sweeping journey from the big city to the Top End of Australia. In Top End Wedding—which was co-written by lead actress Miranda Tapsell—returning home is a bittersweet, heartfelt journey with song and dance, making you wonder why you’ve stayed away for so long. This is an indoor screening—no picnic blankets needed! Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Parking at The Ray Theatre is limited; please park at the Homestake parking lot (a 5-minute walk away) or take public transit.

Presented in collaboration with Tourism Northern Territory.

Eighth Grade
Wed., Jul. 17, Dusk
Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre, Salt Lake City

Eighth-grader Kayla Day always has her phone in hand, hoping to find connections online that might make up for those she’s unable to forge in everyday life. She makes YouTube videos aimed at other adolescents dealing with similar issues—feelings of isolation, anxiety, and invisibility—but Kayla finds her advice paralyzingly difficult to apply in real situations. In the final week of a thus-far-disastrous school year—and with high school looming on the horizon—Kayla struggles to bridge the gap between how she perceives herself and who she believes she should be.

Gates open at 7:30 p.m. Hot fresh churros available for purchase from San Diablo Churros’ pop-up stand!

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
Fri., Jul. 19, Dusk
Ledges Event Center, Coalville

Young William Kamkwamba lives with his family in rural Malawi, where he shows great aptitude for his studies. But when famine strikes the village, William has to drop out of school when his father (Chiwetel Ejiofor) can no longer afford the fees. Determined, William sneaks into the school library to research—and soon conspires to build a windmill pump to irrigate the land. Caught between his father’s close-minded skepticism and the difficulty of creating a machine out of bicycle parts and scrap materials, William races against the clock to fight for his community’s survival.

Come at 7:30 p.m. and bring your old conventional lightbulbs: Summit Community Power Works will be hosting a Light Swap where you can switch in (up to 10 of) your old lightbulbs for energy- and money-saving LED lightbulbs—for free! There will also be games and a raffle drawing for prizes.

Fri., Jul. 26, 8:30 p.m.
Due to inclement weather, this screening has been moved to The Ray Theatre, Park City (1768 Park Ave.)

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s vigorous dissenting opinions and ferocious 20-push-up workouts have earned this tiny, soft-spoken intellectual giant the status of rock star and the title “Notorious RBG.” Intent on systematically releasing women from second-class status, she argued six pivotal gender-bias cases in the 1970s before an all-male Supreme Court blind to sexism. RBG tells the electric story of Ginsburg’s consuming love affairs with both the Constitution and her beloved husband Marty—and of a life’s work that led her to become an icon of justice in the highest court in the land.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Register to vote, visit information booths for local organizations supporting activism for voters' and women’s rights, and purchase a sweet treat from Waffle Love on site! Parking at The Ray Theatre is limited; please walk, bike, or take public transit.

Presented in collaboration with KRCL’s Women Who Rock

Hearts Beat Loud
Preceeded by the short film The Saint of Dry Creek

Mon., Jul. 29, 7:30 p.m.
Ogden Amphitheater, Ogden

As single dad Frank (Nick Offerman) prepares to send hardworking daughter Sam (Kiersey Clemons) off to UCLA pre-med, he also reluctantly realizes he has to accept that his own record-store business is failing. Hoping to stay connected with his daughter through their shared love of music, he urges her to turn their weekly “jam sesh” into an actual band. They unexpectedly find We’re Not a Band’s first song turning into a minor Spotify hit, and they use their songwriting efforts to work through their feelings about the life changes each of them faces.

Preceded by the StoryCorps short film The Saint of Dry Creek, directed by Julie Zammarchi, 4 min.
Patrick Haggerty was a teenager in rural Dry Creek, Washington, in the late 1950s. Here, he remembers the day he first had a conversation with his father about being gay.

Presented in collaboration with Ogden Amphitheater. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.

The Cockettes
Wed., Jul. 31, Dusk
Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre, Salt Lake City

Due to inclement weather, this screening has been canceled.

A flamboyant ensemble of gender-bending hippies, the Cockettes created a series of LSD-fueled musicals in early-1970s San Francisco. These all-singing, all-dancing extravaganzas featured outrageous costumes, rebellious sexuality, and exuberant chaos.

Gates open at 7:30 p.m. The screening will be preceded by a drag show with local artists (Morgana Rhea, Rose, Electra Jones, Ivory Larue, Terra Flesh, and Poison Grace), followed by a conversation and Q&A with co-directors Bill Weber and David Weissman. Submit your questions for Bill and David now and upvote questions you’d like to hear! Delicious mini donuts will be available for purchase from Donut Kabobs.

Life, Animated
Fri., Aug. 2, Dusk
City Park, Park City

At three years old, a chatty, energetic little boy named Owen Suskind ceased to speak, disappearing into autism with apparently no way out. Almost four years passed and the only stimuli that engaged Owen were Disney films. Then one day, his father donned a puppet—Iago, the wisecracking parrot from Aladdin—and asked, “What’s it like to be you?” And poof! Owen replied, with dialogue from the movie.

Presented in collaboration with the Kimball Arts Festival. Come at 7:30 p.m. for an array of delectable desserts available for purchase from Last Course Dessert Studio! Parking is limited; please walk, bike, or take public transit. In the event of inclement weather, the screening will be moved to The Ray Theatre (1768 Park Ave., Park City).

Science Fair
Fri., Aug. 9, 7:00 p.m.
Dolores Doré Eccles Fine Arts Center, St. George

Every year, over 1,700 students from 75 countries compete in the annual International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), a highly competitive showcase of the world’s top young scientific minds. Selected from millions of students, these finalists are competing for the top prize that, as one previous winner explains, “will change your life in ways you won’t even comprehend.” Science Fair follows one mentor and nine students from around the world as they prepare their projects and team for the 2017 ISEF in Los Angeles and work to change the world through science.

This screening is presented in collaboration with DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival. Indoor screening. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. There will be a Q&A with co-directors Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster following the screening.

Little Miss Sunshine
Wed., Aug. 21, Dusk
Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre, Salt Lake City

The votes have been cast, and the results are in—your winning title of the 2019 community choice screening is Little Miss Sunshine! This hilarious Academy Award–winner has something for everyone, from a seven-year-old aspiring beauty queen to a Nietzsche-worshipping teen who has taken a vow of silence to a grandpa kicked out of his nursing home for snorting heroin. Together, the Hoover family hops into the old VW bus to take the youngest to the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant.

Gates open at 7:30 p.m. In the spirit of celebrating Women at Sundance, come early and listen to live music presented by local female musicians Emily Hicks and Angie Petty!

Presented in collaboration with KRCL's Women Who Rock.

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