Sundance Institute Summer Film Series Underway

Jun 27, 2018

Sundance Institute has kicked off their 21st annual Free Summer Film Screening with several screenings coming to Summit County. 

The Sundance Institute is screening 11 films this summer throughout the state of Utah. 3 more films will be screened in Summit County. The series opened on Saturday June 16 as part of the Latino Arts Festival. Sundance screened the film Dolores

Sundance Institute’s new Assistant Director of Utah Community Programs LaraLee Ownby says they’ll continue to provide activities that match the theme of the film shown.

The next showing in Summit County will be at City Park in Park City on Friday July 6.

“For Man on Wire we’re working with Park City Recreation, so for that screening they’ll be available before to do some slack lining in the park.” Ownby said.

On August 4 the film RED DOG: True Blue will be shown at City Park in Park City.

“We’re inviting everyone to bring their pets along. We think it’ll be a really fun screening with that facet.” Ownby said of the August 4 screening, “We’re also working with Nuzzles and Co. they’ll be accepting donations at the screening and will have a puppy play area and adoption center.”

The last film to be screened in Summit County will be Me and Earl and the Dying Girl at the DeJoria Center in Kamas. Mountain town music will be doing a concert before the film.

CFO and Managing Director Betsy Wallace says the institute loves to showcase Utah.

“We’re trying to focus on films that are from Utah, that have been filmed in Utah. We’re trying to get to the point where are artists see the wonderful scenery, and our audiences, enjoying the state of Utah.” Wallace explains “It really is a great annual event for us”

Wallace says last year they had about 6,000 people participate in the free screening. They’re hoping to continue to expand the summer series next year. Wallace says screenings in Park City are often well-attended.

“We have great turn-outs in Park City. This is my home to be honest, and every time I go and see a movie here I’m thrilled to see how many people come and support us.” Wallace said “We really appreciate it”

The films start at dusk, with gates opening for activities beginning at 7:30 pm. All screenings are free and open to the public with seating on a first-come first served basis. For more information visit Sundance dot org.