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Sundance gives students a break

ANNA BLOOMOf the Record staffThe Sundance Institute is inviting 200 Utah college students to take a break from their books and get educated about the independent film industry. Through Dec. 21, The Sundance Film Festival will offer a Utah Student Pass on

The general $100 Utah Student Pass gives students unlimited access to public screenings and panels through the wait list line only. A general admission waitlist ticket to one screening for the general public is $10.

Directors of the Sundance Film Festival argue that in addition to entertainment, films can provide a dynamic art form, a polemic or a powerful tool to raise awareness of issues that are currently shaping our national political landscape.

"The new Festival student pass is part of Sundance Institute’s commitment to discovering, developing and broadening future audiences, and an extension of our local community programs that includes filmmakers in the classrooms, the outdoor film series and other initiatives," says Eva Rinaldi, the Institute’s associate director of operations, labs and community programs.

In the past, high school students have had opportunities to get a free peek at new independent films such as "Napoleon Dynamite," "An Inconvenient Truth," and "March of the Penguins," participating in Q&As with directors and former Vice President Al Gore. In 2007, more than 3,000 students from 34 schools screened "La Misma Luna," "In the Shadow of the Moon," "Everything’s Cool" and "War/Dance." Local high schools needed to send in their information by Nov. 30 to participate in this year’s program.

Credential gives students entry to screenings throughout Utah during the festival as well as the Kimball Arts Center, Filmmakers’ Lodge, New Frontier on Main, Salt Lake City Festival Café and the Music Café for those students 21 years and older.

A photo must be submitted by December 21st to receive an ID credential before passes are picked-up. Photos will not be taken on site. Passes must be picked-up in person at the Trolley Square Box Office in Salt Lake City beginning January 14, 2008.

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When picking up a pass you must show your current student identification card as well as an ID that reflects date of birth.

For more information, e-mail or call the ticketing hotline at (435) 776-7878. The hotline is open Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.