Narrative Films, Shorts, Works-in-Progress, Film Music and an Outdoor Screening will round out the new year-round community film series in Utah. They plan to offer works that best represent the Institute's spectrum of programs and artists. In addition to documentary films, the Series will present narrative films, short films, works-in-progress, and film music showcases, featuring the filmmakers and composers in person to introduce the film, moderate discussions and facilitate Q&A discussions with audiences.
An outdoor screening is also planned for August. The series commenced this past January with the Best of Fest free screenings in Park City, Salt Lake City, Sundance, and Ogden and will run Sundance Film Festival "Bests" once a month through December, 2009.
"For years now audiences and artists alike have been engaged by our documentary film series and entertained by our outdoor film festival. The consistent feedback has been that the community enjoys having an inside look at the creative process and they want to experience more of the Institute's other programs," said Jill Miller, Sundance Institute Managing Director.
"By extending the series beyond documentary, and offering a Sundance experience on a year-round basis, we hope to foster dialogue between the community and artists, to create key moments much like those at the Festival," Miller added.
In addition to screenings held at the Park City Library, the Film Series will feature two screenings in Salt Lake City: a Shorts in Salt Lake showcase of short films at the Rose Wagner Theatre April 4 and the Outdoor Screening Event in August.
Sundance Institute will bring many of the participating filmmakers into Park City High School classrooms, as part of its Filmmakers in the Classroom program.
The Sundance Institute Documentary Series has united filmmakers and their films with local Park City audiences for the past seven years. Organizers decided it was time to bring in other genres of film and filmmakers.