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Sundance announces 2013 summer film series

Submitted by the Sundance Institute

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Gregg Allman talks about his experience with FAME Recording Studios in the documentary "Muscle Shoals." (Image courtesy of the Sundance Institute)

Sundance Institute has announced four of the five films that will be featured at eight free outdoor film screenings for the 2013 Sundance Institute Summer Series . The Utah community is invited to vote online from July 1 to Aug. 15 for the fifth film, which will be announced and screened in late August.

Now in its 16th year, the series kicks off on July 31 at Salt Lake City’s Red Butte Garden and Aug. 2 and on Main Street and at Canyons Resort in Park City. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees are encouraged to bring picnic baskets and blankets to sit on.

All films have screened at the Sundance Film Festival or participated in the Institute’s artist-development programs such as the Directors Lab, the Documentary Editing and Storytelling Lab and the Film Composers Lab.

"This year’s Summer Series pays tribute to the films the local community responded to at our Festivals, and we’re excited to invite the community to share in the programming," said Sarah Pearce, co-managing director of the Sundance Institute. "We look forward to enjoying these films with our neighbors and friends in Utah during the gorgeous summer months."

Sundance Institute is once again joining forces with other Utah-based organizations for the Summer Series. This year’s collaborators include Canyons Resort, Kimball Arts Festival, Park City Performing Arts Foundation and Red Butte Garden.

Films screening as part of the 2013 Sundance Institute Summer Series are:

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  • "Senna" / UK (Director: Asif Kapadia) — The story of Ayrton Senna, perhaps the greatest race car driver who ever lived, is an epic tale that literally twists at every turn. Facing titanic struggles, he conquered Formula One and became a global icon who was idolized in his home country — Wednesday, July 31, at 9 p.m. at Red Butte Garden , Salt Lake City
  • "Muscle Shoals" / U.S.A. (Director: Greg ‘Freddy’ Camalier) — Down in Alabama Rick Hall founded FAME Studios and gave birth to the Muscle Shoals sound. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Gregg Allman, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Bono and others bear witness to the greatest untold American music story. Friday, Aug. 2, at 9 p.m. at Town Lift Plaza, Park City, during the Park City Kimball Arts Festival
  • "Little Miss Sunshine" / U.S.A., (Directors: Valerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton) — An eccentric family led by an unsuccessful motivational speaker father and a "pro-honesty" mother struggle to deal with building familial conflict. When would-be beauty queen daughter Olive is invited to compete in the "Little Miss Sunshine" pageant in far-off California, the family piles into their rusted-out VW bus to rally behind her – with riotously funny results. Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 9 p.m. at Red Butte Garden , Salt Lake City, and Friday, Aug. 23, at 9 p.m. at Canyons Resort , Park City
  • "The Summit" / Ireland, United Kingdom (Director: Nick Ryan) — Twenty-four climbers converged at the last stop before reaching the summit of the most dangerous mountain on Earth. Forty-eight hours later, 11 had been killed or simply vanished. Had one, Ger McDonnell, stuck to the climbers’ code, he might still be alive. Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 9 p.m. at Red Butte Garden , Salt Lake City, and Friday, Aug. 30 at 9 p.m. at Canyons Resort , Park City
  • Utah Community Choice Film Sundance Institute wants YOU to program the last film of the Summer Series. From July 1 Aug. 15, visit to vote for your favorite film out of four past Sundance Film Festival crowd pleasers — "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Garden State," "Searching for Sugarman" or "Sound City."

    The winning film will be announced in late August and will be screened on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 9 p.m. at Red Butte Garden , Salt Lake City, and Friday, Sept. 6, at 9 p.m. at Canyons Resort , Park City.

    Sundance Institute acknowledges the generous support of Principal Sponsor Zions Bank, and Community Supporters Canyons Resort, Promontory Foundation, Red Butte Garden, Salt Lake City Arts Council , Salt Lake County Economic Development, Salt Lake County Zap Tax Tier II, and Summit County RAP Tax.

    For more information about Sundance Institute programming for Utah residents and to vote for the Utah Community Choice Film visit .