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Sundance flick: free for Parkites

Parkites will have a screening to themselves during the Sundance Film Festival in January.

Festival organizers on Thursday said they plan to show a free movie for Park City residents in the Santy Auditorium at the Park City Library and Education Center. Sarah Pearce, who directs the festival operations, told the Park City Council the screening will be scheduled midweek during the festival.

She did not provide details, including what time the film will be shown, the date and how Sundance will distribute tickets.

The film will be shown in one of Sundance’s longstanding screening rooms. The Santy seats 448 people for Sundance screenings, according to the film festival’s 2008 film schedule. Seating capacity in the Santy ranked third among the Sundance venues in Park City in 2008, behind the Eccles Center and the Racquet Club.

Sundance offers preferential ticket-buying chances to Utah residents, but there are complaints each year of Parkites unable to obtain the prized tickets.

Sundance officials said on Thursday 44 percent of the festival tickets are sold nationally, 40 percent are sold to Utahns and 16 percent are allocated to filmmakers and sponsors.

Meanwhile, Pearce said additional ticket packages will be available to people from Summit County in 2009. Sundance hopes to ensure ticket-buying time slots are available to each person from Summit County who wants one during a Utah-only presale, she said.


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