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The Sundance Institute has announced it is cutting 24 positions in Los Angeles, New York, and Park City. Some staff will move to reduced schedules with greatly reduced seasonal staff budgets. 

 

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Utah’s state epidemiologist says it’s possible COVID-19 was circulating at Sundance.

The film festival took place over ten days at the end of January, months before Park City saw it’s first COVID-19 case. But when state epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn was asked Wednesday if the virus came in with the crowds, she said it was possible.

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Without immunity or a vaccine and no knowledge if or when the coronavirus will be back with a vengeance this winter, planning for the future is difficult. Still, even with the future unknown, the Sundance Film Festival team says, for now, it’s planning for its 40th anniversay  live festival come January.

Sundance Institute Managing Director Betsy Wallace spent Friday morning on a conference call planning and budgeting for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival – which will celebrate the 40th anniversary.

Wallace says, at this point, it’s full speed ahead.

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Members of the Summit County Council say that a documentary at this year’s Sundance Festival got them thinking about equity and access for those with disabilities.    

During the Council Comments segment at their meeting Wednesday, they said the popular documentary “Crip Camp’ was moving, and got them thinking about how many buildings in the county  still are not compliant with the American Disabilities Act.

Council Member Kim Carson said  she’d rather start with education, before some kind of regulation.      

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The Sundance Institute has concluded the 2020 Film Festival by announcing their new Festival Director.

Tabitha Jackson, the festival’s Documentary Programmer, has been named to the helm, succeeding John Cooper’s tenure of more than a decade.

In a press release issued this weekend, the Institute said that after conducting a worldwide search, they selected Jackson, who has directed the Institute’s Documentary Film program for the last six years.

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Awards were handed out Saturday night for the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.   One of the major winners was a film about a Korean immigrant family pursuing the American Dream.

The 2020 Festival screened 128 feature films over 10 days.

A big winner on the weekend was “Minari” which won both the Grand Jury Prize for the U.S. Dramatic competition, and the Audience Award in the same category.    The story, set in the 1980’s, concerns a Korean father (played by “Walking Dead” star Steven Yeun) who moves his family from L.A to Arkansas to pursue his dream of a farm.   

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Women’s stories have a prominent role at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Former First Lady, Senator, Secretary of State and 2016 Presidential Candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton was in Park City to attend the premier of the Hulu docu-series about her life.

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The Sundance Film Festival is adding a new event this year—a Community Bonfire, which will take place at the Flagpole Parking Lot, near the bottom of Swede Alley, on Thursday January 30th   

Tabitha Jackson, who is director of the documentary film program for the festival, said they wanted to celebrate the Utah community that comes together for Sundance.         

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.

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