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Minority fest enters scene

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

Sol Dance is not Spanish for Sundance: it is its own festival, happening Jan. 21-23 outside of Park City.

Coinciding with Park City’s film-festival week, Sol Dance will feature the work of Latinos and American Indians at the Zermatt Resort & Spa in Midway, in Wasatch County.

"It’s time for us to be able to expand and be known as a culture of beauty and diversity and intelligence," says Cristina Salazar-Castro, the cofounder of the Sol Dance Film Fiesta.

The festival organizers plan to show 15 films — features, documentaries and shorts. Latinos made most of the films. The organizers also plan to present a panel that will delve into immigration and one that will explore the Latino influence in Hollywood.

Salazar-Castro says Latinos are increasingly successful in the filmmaking industry, including writers, editors and distributors.

Sol Dance is a for-profit event. Film festivals, including Sundance and Slamdance, are typically not-for-profit endeavors.

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The festival wants to hold a 10-day event in 2008.

Single-day passes to Sol Dance are $117, which includes entry to films, a luncheon and an evening party. A family pass for up to five people is $30 but does not include entry to the evening party. A three-day all-access pass costs $220.

For more information, visit the festival’s World Wide Web site, http://www.rocksoldance.com.