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Sundance offers free tickets to locals

The Sundance Film Festival, which runs this year from Jan. 22 through Feb. 1, can prove to be inconvenient for some Park City residents.

Parking, traffic, street closures and crowds do cause locals to rethink their departure time and normal routes to work and school.

So the Sundance Film Festival shows how grateful they are to these people by offering complimentary Townie Tuesday and Best of Fest tickets to select screenings that take place toward the end of the festival, said Sarah Pearce, managing director of the Sundance Film Festival.

"Our local community is incredibly important to us and these events are part of the special and unique programming we provide to locals," Pearce said. "Townie Tuesday and Best of Fest are part of our community program series."

The free tickets for both programs will be distributed on Saturday, Jan. 17, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Those who want Townie Tuesday tickets must be Summit County residents and at least 18-years-old and must present legal Utah IDs to collect the tickets, according to Pearce.

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There is limit of two tickets per person that will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis, according to Pearce.

Townie Tuesday screenings will be held Tuesday, Jan. 27. Kristina Goolsby and Ashley York’s "Tig," a documentary premiere, will be screened at the Redstone Cinema at 7 p.m. and Ramin Bahrani’s spotlight film, "99 Homes," will be shown at the Library Center Theatre at 8:30 p.m.

"Tig" is about comedian Tig Notaro, who announced to an audience in 2012 that she had cancer, and follows her fight against the disease.

"99 Homes," a narrative film set during the 2008 economic crash is about homeowner Dennis Nash, portrayed by Andrew Garfield, and real estate shark, Mike Carver, played by Michael Shannon.

Best of Fest tickets are also offered to all Utah residents on a first-come, first-served basis, Pearce said.

"Utah Locals are defined as residents with either a Utah Driver’s License or a Utah State ID card," she said.

All of the Sundance Film Festival’s main box offices in Park City, Salt Lake City, the Sundance Resort and Ogden will hand out tickets to these screenings at 10 a.m. In addition, beginning two hours before the screening time, those without tickets can request a waitlist number through their eWaitlist account.

Because of overwhelming demand for the screenings, Best of Fest tickets are limited to two tickets per person in order to accommodate more patrons, according to Pearce.

Best of Fest Screenings will be held on Monday, Feb. 2. The titles will be announced Sunday, Feb. 1.

Screenings will be at the Eccles Theatre and the Sundance Resort Screening Room at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.; the Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake City at 3:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. and Peery’s Egyptian Theatre in Ogden at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

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