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On today's show Utah State Rep. Brian King previews the 2020 legislative session. Sundance Events Manager Josie McGuinn has details about the opening night of the Sundance Film Festival, including Artist at the Table. U.S. Ski and Snowboard Communications Manager Lara Carlton has this week's update and with a property tax approved, Snyderville Basin Recreation Director Brian Hanton previews some of the projects planned for 2020.

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All films for the 2020 Sundance Film Festival have been selected with the film program to be released this Friday. The annual Film Festival is set to run from January 23rd to February 2nd.


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The Sundance Film Festival as announced its slate of films  for 2020, showcasing 118 feature films from 27 countries. 

The films will screen in Park City January 23rd through February 2nd. According to a news release, there were a record 15,100 submissions for the 2020 festival, including 3,853 feature film submissions.

In a prepared statement, Robert Redford, President and Founder of the Sundance Institute said, “this year’s festival is full of films that showcase myriad ways for stories to drive change, across hearts, minds, and societies.”

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The Sundance Film Festival is two months away, and Park City staff is considering transportation plans to put into action. 

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The director of the Sundance Film Festival, John Cooper, is stepping aside, after 11 years in that role and after three decades on staff at Sundance.

In a press statement issued Thursday, the Sundance Institute announced the change for the man known to one and all as simply “Cooper.” The release said that after directing the 2020 Festival, he will move into a newly created emeritus director position, where he will focus on special projects and overseeing the 40th anniversary of the Sundance Institute in 2021.

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The annual Sundance Festival report not only looks at economic impact. It has also generated discussion in Park City about traffic in town during the Festival—and about the spaces used for venues.

As we’ve reported, Park City Council members have been hearing complaints from residents that drivers for Lyft (the Festival’s official ride-share service) as well as Uber, were driving through residential streets to avoid the town’s clogged main arteries.

City officials are talking about using so-called “geofencing app” technology to restrict the vehicles from certain areas.

On Today's #TheSundanceReel, Leslie and guest co-host Barb Bretz speak with Director Petra Costa and Producer Joanna Natasegara of The Edge of Democracy.

On today’s #TheSundanceReel, psychiatrist turned Filmmaker Kenneth Paul Rosenburg discusses his film Bedlam – a look that examines our broken mental health policies. He is joined by Patrice Cullors, the co-founder of Black Lives Matter, whose brother Monte is featured in the film.  

On today’s #TheSundanceReel, director Gurinder Chadha talks about her new film, Blinded by the Light, which chronicles a young Muslim boy growing up in the 1980‘s and the impact Bruce Springsteen’s lyrics had on him.

On Today's #TheSundanceReel Director Ben Berman discusses his film,  the Amazing Jonathan. He  discusses what’s been described as the “most bizarre” film in this year’s lineup.   

On today's Morning Mix, guitarist Kris Lager of the Kris Lager Band will be our in-studio musical guest. Brian Richards, Executive Director of Mountain Town Music will be in to discuss the local non-profit’s winter programming; and Junior Richard, Venue Manager for The Cabin will be on to announce their schedule of special events during the 10 days and nights of the Sundance Film Festival. All that and of course we will have the upcoming live music events in and around town.

With crowd-drawing events such as Sundance and the World Championships coming up, city staff are contemplating how best to transport the increased number of guests who will be in town—in the event the current fleet can’t handle the demand. KPCW’s Emily Means has more.

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The Sundance Film Institute has unveiled its line-up of 112 feature films scheduled for the 2019 Film Festival.

Next year’s festival is scheduled to run from January 24th to February 3rd, in Park City and other locations around the Wasatch Front.

As usual, the heart of the festival is the slate of Competition films for both Dramatic and Documentary categories—with 32 films on hand from the U.S. and 24 in the foreign program.

You will fall in love with awkward and totally endearing Kayla Day…. as she navigates the last week of her eighth grade year. Here' s Barb Bretz with your Friday Film Review.

27 year old writer/director Bo Burnham did stand-up comedy for 10 years before debuting at Sundance 2018 with his first film EIGHTH GRADE. At age 16, Burnham videotaped himself performing two comedic songs and posted them on Youtube to share with family. They got reposted to a site called Break.com and became an overnight sensation.

Tom Heffron and Destiny Gross share their recollections of the early days at the Sundance Film Festival, when it first came to Park City. They tell of many adventures, including their experiences of procuring festival tickets before the computer age changed everything.

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