Sundance Institute will host ‘Muscle Shoals’ screening during the Arts Festival
The Sundance Institute has collaborated with the Park City Kimball Arts Festival since 2010.
The first year, the institute presented a screening of Adam Elliot’s 2009 clay-animation comedy-drama "Mary and Max," and in 2011, it screened the Thierry Guetta 2010 documentary film "Exit Through the Gift Shop."
The film last year was Stacy Peralta’s 2012 skateboard documentary "Bones Brigade," said Kara Cody, the Sundance Institute’s manager of Utah Community Development.
"We also collaborated with Park City Recreation to do the skateboard jam and tied in the arts festival because the Kimball Art Center had some artists available at the skate park to tie in skateboarding art and film."
This year, the Sundance Institute and the Park City Kimball Arts Festival will present a free screening of Greg "Freddy" Camalier’s documentary "Muscle Shoals," which is about Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Alabama, on Friday, Aug. 2, at 9 p.m. at the Town Lift Plaza.
"This is the first time we’re hosting a screening at the Town Lift," Cody said. "So it will be exciting."
The event will also feature singers Jesse Boyce and Candi Staton, who were spotlighted in the film.
"We will also give away free Park City Kimball Arts Festival passes and tickets to the St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights concerts at Deer Valley on Sunday," Cody said.
The concert, which is called Muscle Shoals Live, and features Boyce, Staton and Darlene Love, is another Sundance and Arts Festival collaboration, Cody explained. (See accompanying story)
"It was a beautiful synergy that happened between us and the Park City Performing Arts Foundation that produces the concert," she said. "We heard they were bringing in musicians for the Muscle Shoals Live concert and we felt the perfect thing to do was screen the film and help create a perfect weekend for art, film and music."
Collaborations such as these are important for the Sundance Institute to reach new audiences, Cody said.
"Part of the Sundance Institute mission is to reach new artists and audiences and connecting them," she said. "Partnering with the Kimball and the Park City Performing Arts Foundation is another way for us to get our message out and introduce audiences to Sundance-supported artists."
The "Muscle Shoals" event is part of the 16th annual free outdoor summer screening series that features events in Park City and at Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake City.
The other films scheduled to be shown are Asif Kapadia’s "Senna," July 31 at Red Butte Garden; Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton’s "Little Miss Sunshine," Aug. 21 at Red Butte Garden and Aug. 23 at Canyons Resort; Nick Ryan’s "The Summit," Aug. 28 at Red Butte Garden and Aug. 30 at Canyons.
In addition, the Sundance Institute has asked the public to vote on which film will be screened for the final two showing of the series that will be on Sept. 4 at Red Butte Garden and Sept. 6 at Canyons.
The choices are Benh Zeitlin’s 2012 fantasy-drama "Beasts of the Southern Wild," Zach Braff’s 2004 comedy-drama "Garden State," Malik Bendjelloui’s 2012 documentary "Searching for Sugarman" and David Grohl’s 2013 documentary "Sound City."
The public can visit http://www.sundance.org/utah and cast their votes through Aug. 15, Cody said.
"The genesis of the voting idea came from a survey we sent out after last year’s summer series ended," she explained. "We asked the local community to give suggestions of some films they would like to see for this year’s final screening.
"(Park City and Salt Lake City) have such film-savvy audiences, and we wanted to hear from them," Cody said. "The choices — ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild,’ ‘Garden State’ and ‘Searching for Sugarman’ — came up repeatedly in the surveys, and we added ‘Sound City’ because it was such a hit at the festival. So, we didn’t just reach into a hat and pull out the titles."
All the films selected for the summer series not only were presented in past Sundance Film Festivals, but are also award winners, said Sarah West, the Sundance Institute’s director of Utah Community Development.
"The free screenings are the Sundance Institute’s way of giving something back to the local community," she said. "It is also a way for us to continue to program Sundance-film screenings in the community year-round and not just for the Sundance Film Festival in January."
The Sundance Institute will present a free screening of Greg "Freddy" Camalier’s documentary "Muscle Shoals," which is about Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Alabama, on Friday, Aug. 2, at the Town Lift Plaza. The screening is made possible by collaboration between the Kimball Art Center and the Sundance Institute. For more information, visit http://www.sundance.org.
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