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Sundance Film Festival will present summer screenings

This year marks 20th anniversary

It’s a Utah summer tradition 20 years in the making: Sundance Institute will celebrate summer in Salt Lake City, Park City and Kamas with free outdoor screenings of Sundance Film Festival favorites.

These screenings will also feature food, special guests, fun activities and a few 20th anniversary surprises.

“Enjoying these great films with friends, neighbors and colleagues — surrounded by Utah’s natural beauty — is a highlight of our year-round programming,” said Betsy Wallace, CFO and managing director of Sundance Institute. “And now that we’re in our 20th year, it’s safe to say it’s a local tradition as well. We are proud to call Utah our home and the institute’s summer series is one way we try to give back to the local communities”

The series kicks off July 5 at Salt Lake City’s Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre with a screening of “Napoleon Dynamite.”

The Sundance Film Festival-discovered cult comedy classic will be accompanied by themed activities for the whole family, such as a Napoleon-inspired dance competition and a costume show.

Other highlights of the series include a special screening of the classic Sundance Institute namesake “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” starring Robert Redford, preceded by a free concert. All audience members are encouraged to wear their best Western garb.

Seven of the announced films, such as “Napoleon Dynamite,” got their start at the Sundance Film Festival.

And back by popular demand, the Utah community will be able to vote to select the final film of the series, either online at or onsite at screenings through August 23. The nominees will be chosen from a selection of 20th anniversary favorites from the 1997 Sundance Film Festival, including “The Full Monty,” “Chasing Amy” and “Prefontaine.”

The schedule is as follows:


  • 5 — “Napoleon Dynamite” / U.S.A. (Director: Jared Hess, Screenwriters: Jared Hess, Jerusha Hess), Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre, Salt Lake City
  • 7 — “Riding Giants” / U.S.A., France (Director: Stacy Peralta), City Park, Park City
  • 13 — “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” / U.S.A. (Director: George Roy Hill, Screenwriter: William Goldman), DeJoria Center, Kamas
  • 21 — “Chasing Coral” / U.S.A. (Director: Jeff Orlowski), City Park, Park City
  • 26 — “Sing Street” / Ireland (Director and Screenwriter: John Carney), Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre, Salt Lake CityAugust
  • 4 — “Walking Out” / U.S.A. (Directors and Screenwriters: Alex Smith, Andrew Smith), City Park, Park City
  • 9 — “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” / New Zealand (Director and Screenwriter: Taika Waitit), Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre, Salt Lake City
  • 23 — “Meru” / U.S.A. (Directors: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chair Vasarhelyi), Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre, Salt Lake City
  • 30 — Utah Community Choice Film, Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre, Salt Lake City. The public can vote for this film by visiting The winning film will be announced in late August.Films start at dusk (approximately 9 p.m.), with gates opening and activities beginning at 7:30 p.m.

    All screenings are free and open to the public, no ticket needed, with seating on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees are encouraged to bring picnic baskets and blankets or low-back lawn chairs.

    “This year’s films range from comedy to adventure to real-life drama — some will be great fits for families, some for extreme sports enthusiasts or music buffs,” said Kara Cody, assistant director of Utah community programs for Sundance Institute. “With a full schedule of interactive games and activities to go along with these great films, these screenings are far from the ordinary.”

    Sundance Institute will again collaborate with other Utah organizations for the Summer Film Series, including Park City Municipal Corporation, Kimball Arts Festival, Park City Recreation and Mountain Town Music. This year’s screenings are supported by principal sponsor Zions Bank and major sponsor Pop Art Snacks.

    Community supporters include Salt Lake County Economic Development; Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks (ZAP) Program; Summit County Recreation, Arts, and Parks (RAP) Tax; Salt Lake City Arts Council; Promontory Foundation and Red Butte Garden.

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

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