Sundance summer films heading to Canyons and City Park |

Sundance summer films heading to Canyons and City Park

The Sundance Institute has presented a free summer series that shows encore presentations of Sundance Film Festival films in various local venues for the past 15 years.

This time around, three of the four films, "Under African Skies," "CSNY: Déjà Vu" and "Filly Brown," will be shown at Canyons Resort, on June 21, July 12 and July 26, respectively, said Sarah West, director of Utah community development at the Sundance Institute.

"It’s the first time we’ll be screening films at Canyons Resort Village," West told The Park Record. "We are excited about collaborating with them. Of course, people can take advantage of the wonderful restaurants they have up there. They can make a complete evening out of it all."

The fourth film, "Bones Brigade: An Autobiography," will be screened in at City Park on Aug. 3, and all four will be screened at different dates at Salt Lake’s Red Butte Garden, West said.

"The last few years we have chosen films with lively music, because its summer time and we want folks to come out to the screenings, which are wonderful, world-class cinema experiences," West said. "These screenings are a great opportunity to bring back films that we would like to share with the community.

"Not only does the film series gives the community a place to convene, but also gives people a chance to discuss the issues raised in the films," she said. "We not only select the films based on the music and the story, but also because we hope there will be some stimulating conversations that will come from sharing these stories."

Joe Berlinger’s documentary "Under African Skies" is about Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Paul Simon’s return to South Africa to revisit the making of his Grammy Award-winning 1986 album "Graceland," West said.

The feature film "Filly Brown," directed by Youssef Delara and Michael D. Olmos, is a hip-hop driven work about a young girl from Mexico who attains fame by coping with her life through music, and "CSNY: Déjà Vu" is a film by Bernard Shakey that documents the Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s 2006 "Freedom of Speech Tour," West said.

"Both ‘Under African Skies’ and ‘Filly Brown’ premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, and ‘CSNY’ came to us from the 2009 festival," West said. "These three really came to the top as we were selecting films for the series, particularly because they are so relevant and fun from a music aspect, and they are great independent stories.

"When we started selecting the films, we obviously have a whole list that people will be interested in, but it wasn’t difficult choosing these," she said. "It’s also wonderful because Crosby Stills and Nash are scheduled to play at Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake in August."

The City Park screening of Stacy Peralta’s skateboarding documentary "Bones Brigade: an Autobiography," is a collaboration with the Park City Kimball Arts Festival, West said.

"This is our third year we’re collaborating with them," West said. "As the festival closes down that evening on Aug. 3, we will encourage everyone to come to the park for a screening."

Sundance is also partnering with Park City Recreation that day.

"During the late afternoon, they will host a skateboard competition at the skate park and the Kimball will hopefully be able to bring some artists to join us in the park," West said. "The screening will take place in the pavilion area and Stacy will be there to introduce the film."

"Bones Brigade is one of West’s favorites for personal reasons.

"My husband and I are originally from California, in fact, my husband is from Del Mar, where a lot of the skateboard lifestyle developed," she said. "We saw the film for the first time a few weeks ago and it was amazing."

The summer film series would not be possible without the support of sponsors Zion’s Bank and the Promontory Foundation, West said.

"Because of them and the community’s support for the RAP Tax, we are able to keep the screenings free and open to the public and we are grateful to that," she said. "The series is an opportunity to serve our community and encourage people to come to the films and spend time with each other.

"It’s part of our mission to make these films accessible to the public and develop new audiences for independent film," she said. "We encourage people to come, bring picnics and bring their families."

The Sundance Institute will open its annual Park City outdoor film screenings with "Under African Skies" at the Canyons Resort Village on Thursday, June 21, at 9 p.m. Admission is free. The film will also be screened at Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, June 20, at 9 p.m. For more information, visit