From January 24 to February 3, you can experience the magic of film at Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Salt Lake City, and the Sundance Mountain Resort in Utah. The festival encompasses storytelling in its most imaginative form, taking you on a journey by way of documentaries, short films, feature films, and more. This anticipation is real for this year’s festival, and here’s why.
If you’re attending, don’t forget to download the Sundance Film Festival app!
What’s on opening night:
The opening of Sundance is all about the documentaries—“Apollo 11” being one of the most anticipated of this year’s festival. Director Todd Miller takes you inside the Apollo 11 mission, complete with 70 mm film footage. It’s not just a documentary, but an experience. Another anticipated documentary is “The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley”, directed by Alex Gibney. The film dives into a fraudulent tech company that deceived hundreds of Silicon Valley’s finest.
Features to pay attention to:
Zac Efron plays Ted Bundy in “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile”, a Joe Berlinger film that has been hailed as “heartbreaking and shocking.” Not for the faint of heart, but worth the watch for the performances by Efron and costar, Lily Collins. “Late Night” is another feature that you’ll want to check out. Mindy Kaling is behind this brilliant screenplay about a female late-night talk show host (played by Emma Thompson) who hires a female writer (Mindy Kaling) to diversify her all-male writing team. A comedy with cultural relevance, “Late Night” is sure to stir up laughs and conversation.
Sure, it’s called Sundance Film Festival, but there’s plenty else that goes on besides what’s on the screen that makes it a true one-of-a-kind experience. There are panels to attend, immersive exhibitions to check out, and after-hours concerts to jam out to. Not to mention the celebrity sightings you’re sure to encounter that make it a true A-list experience.
See the best in film, theatre, and art at Sundance this year, and if you’re following along from home, head to their website to keep up with the day-to-day happenings in Park City.
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