Institute announces summer lineup |

Institute announces summer lineup

Submitted by The Sundance InstituteSundance Institute has announced the films selected for the 2008 Sundance Institute Outdoor Film Festival - a mix of films tracing their roots back to Sundance Institute through "six degrees of Sundance." Now in its 11

"After 27 years of supporting independent film and filmmakers, we’ve realized that many films beyond those we’ve directly supported through the annual Sundance Film Festival and our developmental labs have a connection to Sundance Institute" said Jill Miller, Managing Director, Sundance Institute. "This year’s program includes an eclectic array of such films that will play to a broad audience and will be fun to experience on beautiful summer evenings in Utah under the stars."

This community program presents seldom-seen independent and documentary films, including films from the annual Sundance Film Festival as well as hidden gems and overlooked classics that deserve to be dusted off and enjoyed again. The Sundance Institute Outdoor Film Festival is an opportunity for audiences to discover work from new directors and to rediscover films they may have already seen. If you missed these films the first time, it’s worth the trip the second time around.

Running July 11 August 27, all Sundance Institute Outdoor Film Series screenings are held on Mondays at The Gallivan Center, 239 South Main Street, in Salt Lake City, Wednesdays at the Eccles Stage at the Sundance Resort, North Fork Provo Canyon, and Fridays at City Park on Park Avenue in Park City. Admission to all screenings is free, and tickets or reservations are not required. All screenings begin at sundown, or approximately 9 p.m. For more information call (435) 658-3456 or visit the Institute website at A full screening schedule and calendar follows.

The 2008 Sundance Institute Outdoor Film Series lineup

"Raising Arizona"

July 11 City Park, Park City

July 14 Gallivan Center, Salt Lake City

July 16 Eccles Stage, Sundance Resort

"Raising Arizona" (1987), directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Rated PG

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, Trey Wilson, John Goodman, William Forsythe

Four time Academy Award-winning team Joel and Ethan Coen’s brand of filmmaking is marked by an ironic wit, indelible characters, and startling visuals that have produced some of the most memorable films in the last 20 years. "Raising Arizona"couples Nicholas Cage, a convenience store bandit, and Holly Hunter, a cop, who share an overwhelming desire for a child and redefine the rules of parenthood.

"The Iron Giant"

July 18 City Park, Park City

July 21 Gallivan Center, Salt Lake City

July 23 Eccles Stage, Sundance Resort

"The Iron Giant" (1999), directed by Brad Bird, Rated PG

Cast: Voices of Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick Jr., Christopher McDonald

Shot in 2D, this first film from animation king Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille) is widely acclaimed by indie critics for the simplicity and sophistication of the story about a giant metal robot who falls to the earth. Set against a small Maine town in 1958, an unlikely friendship forms between the robot and a boy named Hoagarth who teach the town a few things about fears and acceptance. Based on Ted Hughes’ 1968 novel The Iron Man.

"Adventures of Power" shown with the short film "The Loss of a Wrestling Match"

July 25 City Park, Park City

July 28 Gallivan Center, Salt Lake City

July 30 Eccles Stage, Sundance Resort

"Adventures of Power" (2008), directed by Ari Gold, Rated No rating

Cast: Ari Gold, Shoshannah Stern, Adrian Grenier, Michael McKean, Jane Lynch

Straight from the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, this audience favorite features, a New Mexico mine worker named Power, who sets out to change the world through his love of drums without really knowing how to play. Instead, he air-drums at his aunt’s bar on talent night. Power is recruited by a trainer for an air-drumming team and finds himself in the fight of his life against a despicable rival as his fellow mine workers fight for their rights back home in this hilarious and charming tale of a man and his passion to chase dreams. Parts of "Adventures of Power" were filmed near Tooele, UT and in Helper, UT.

"The Loss of a Wrestling Match" (2007), directed by Jed Cowley, Rated No rating

Brigham Young University graduate Jed Cowley directed this short film about a wrestler preparing for the match of his life against a higher-ranked competitor.


August 1 City Park, Park City

August 4 Gallivan Center, Salt Lake City

August 6 Eccles Stage, Sundance Resort

"Tootsie" (1982), directed by Sydney Pollack, Rated PG

Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Teri Garr, Dabney Coleman, Bill Murray, Geena Davis

Hollywood legend and a founding member of Sundance Institute, Sydney Pollack directs a radically funny twist on the macho image in Tootsie. Dustin Hoffman plays an unemployed actor who disguises himself as a woman to secure a spot on a soap opera meanwhile steering his own love life to soap operatic effects. This cross-dressing classic earned 10 Academy Award nominations and a win for Jessica Lange as Best Supporting Actress.

"Moulin Rouge"

August 8 City Park, Park City

August 11 Gallivan Center, Salt Lake City

August 13 Eccles Stage, Sundance Resort

"Moulin Rouge"(2001), directed by Baz Luhrmann, Rated PG 13

Cast: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo, Caroline O’Connor One of modern cinema’s great visual stylists, Australian director Baz Luhrmann gives us an over-the-top look at the underworld of 1899 Paris. The first musical in 20 years to be nominated for the Academy Award features Ewan McGregor as a young poet who defies his father by moving to the bohemian neighborhood of Montmatre where he is commissioned to write a nightclub spectacular. In the process he begins a passionate but doomed love affair with the most famous courtesan in Paris, played by Nicole Kidman in a Golden-Globe-winning, Oscar-nominated performance.

"Harold and Maude"

August 15 City Park, Park City

August 18 Gallivan Center, Salt Lake City

August 20 Eccles Stage, Sundance Resort

"Harold and Maude"(1971), directed by Hal Ashby, Rated PG

Cast: Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort

When extremely wealthy Harold (Bud Cort) is not staging his own suicide, he’s crashing funerals. While making his rounds, Harold falls in love with fellow funeral-crasher, Maude (Ruth Gordon), a woman fifty years his senior whose lust for life surpasses his preoccupation with death in this unlikely romance. Ranked on the American Film Institute ‘s list of 100 Funniest Movies of all time, this cult classic features a killer soundtrack from Cat Stevens. The late director Hal Ashby was born and raised in Ogden, Utah and attended Utah State University.

"The Straight Story"

August 22 City Park, Park City

August 25 Gallivan Center, Salt Lake City

August 27 Eccles Stage, Sundance Resort

"The Straight Story"(1999), directed by David Lynch, Rated G

Cast: Richard Farnsworth, Sissy Spacek, Harry Dean Stanton

David Lynch, known for his unorthodox approach to storytelling and visual style, surprised fans and critics with this film – the simple true story of a humble Iowa man who rides a lawnmower for 260 miles to Wisconsin to make peace with his ailing brother. Ultimately, it is a lyrical portrait of one man’s odyssey across America and the characters he touches along the way. Farnsworth was nominated for both an Academy Award and Golden Globe for his performance.

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