Tuesday, May 21, 2024

UPDATE: Sundance Film Festival IS Happening If You Live In Utah, Otherwise It Could Be in Your Town


Sundance UPDATE: Apparently I missed some of the Sundance announcements. So to clarify: Sundance is happening if you live in Utah, and maybe in your hometown if theaters are open.

But in Park City, as I wrote earlier, the hotels are wide open for the seven days the festival will go on from January 28th to February 3d, a much shorter festival than usual. And a week later.

There may be showings of new indie films for Sundance in New York if Governor Andrew Cuomo allows people in theaters. Who knows? Maybe there will be a vaccine by then. Even so, a lot of the Sundance screenings will be virtual, with a lot of links sent to press.

A June press release read: “The 2021 Sundance Film Festival will be a grand partnership of communities. It will take place live in Utah and in at least 20 independent and community cinemas across the U.S. and beyond. Utah has been the home of the Festival for close to 40 years and always will be, but the 2021 Festival will extend beyond Utah and will be co-created by and for different communities in different locations, preserving what is magical about experiencing films on the big screen with others — even if at a smaller and socially distanced scale.”

Hey, I’m thrilled. Any reason not to go Park City in the deep freeze of winter is cool with me. And the people of Utah can spread out in the theaters and enjoy the movies in person!


Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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