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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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With domestic terrorism on the rise and people coming from around the world for the Sundance Film Festival, the Park City Police Department invited Utah public safety officials to provide community awareness training for Parkites.  Melissa Allison has the story:

The Morning Mix - January 12, 2018

Jan 12, 2018

Today's Morning Mix is jam-packed with music, musicians, and music programmers. Jordan Matthew Young,2016 winner of the Utah Music Awards Best Album and Best Rock Band is in studio with Cory from the Green River Blues Band. Anders Osborne talks about playing two solo acoustic shows at The State Room. Jarom Rowland, senior manager of the film music program at Sundance Film Festival, will be announcing the ASCAP Music Cafe schedule. In addition to these interviews we update you on all the music and events happening in and around town this weekend. 

    

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Following a flurry of accusations against film industry mogul Harvey Weinstein, the Sundance Institute has issued a statement denouncing Weinstein for sexual assault, harassment, and other inappropriate conduct over the past decades. A couple of the allegations involve incidents at the Sundance Film Festival. Rick Brough has more.

to Obituary for Irene Cho in San Francisco Chronicle

A memorial will be held at the Kimball Art Center in early October for Irene Cho -- an independent film producer and an activist in the Park City film scene -- who died last month. Rick Brough has more.

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