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Park City Institute Bringing Three Shows Ahead Of Sundance Film Festival

In a few weeks, the Eccles Center will be busy as the largest screening venue for the Sundance Film Festival.

But there are still three stage shows set for the Park City Institute’s 2018-2019 season.

Orr said that this Saturday, January 5th, they’re featuring an appearance by high-tech pioneer Jaron Lanier.

“He is known as the sage of Silicon Valley.” Orr said, “His most recent book is “Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now.” He can say that because even though Al Gore says he started the internet, Jaron Lanier actually did help invent the internet. He was one of the first folks to come around the concept of virtual reality in the late 80’s. The folks in Silicon Valley revere him because he has said from the very beginning this whole internet thing is a two-edged sword. It’s not all good, it’s not all bad we have to figure out how to use this tool. He’s a great speaker and he brings an antique wood instrument. He collects these antique instruments and all I’ll say is that’s part of the evening.”

Coming up on Friday January 18th is New York Times journalist Jodi Kantor. She broke a story whose impacts were felt across the country—and at the Sundance Film Festival.

“She won with her writing partner the Pulitzer Prize last year in the New York Times for her stories on Me Too.” Orr continued, “Part of her work brought her out to Park City because of Sundance, and Harvey Weinstein and the Stein Eriksen Lodge. It’s all part of that history. We’ll be doing an interview with her and she’ll be talking about what’s changed since the stories won the prize and what’s ahead for the Me Too movement.”

Finally, on the following night, January 19th, a National Geographic touring show features photographer Steve Winter and his presentation, “On the Trail of Big Cats.”

“We’re not talking about household pets that are fat. We’re talking about mountain lions, tigers, leopards and all these cats that he as photographed all over the world. The Nat Geo series that we did this year was certainly one of the better bookings that we’ve done. It’s been very family friendly so it’s great to see not kids under six, but certainly kids that are in elementary school, middle school kids and high school kids that love it. With their parents, fully engaged with this beautiful photography. We have a great asset in the Eccles Center, the screen is gorgeous, the sound is terrific.”

All the presentations are at 7:30. For tickets or more information go online to the Park City Institute or call the box office 655-3114.

Known for getting all the facts right, as well as his distinctive sign-off, Rick covered Summit County meetings and issues for 35 years on KPCW. He now heads the Friday Film Review team.
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