It’s time for the Sundance Film Festival, and this year you can be part of it. This 35th year anniversary runs from January 17 to the 27th. According to Wikipedia, it’s one of the largest independent film festivals in the United States; last year, there were over 46,700 attendees. It’s certainly one of the most famous festivals, helped no doubt by its close association with Robert Redford.
It started as a way to focus the spotlight on independent filmmakers. Now it’s a media extravaganza of movies, music, and celebrities, but it continues to bring to light movies that go on to great acclaim. In the past, those have included Garden State, The Blair Witch Project, Spanking the Monkey, Reservoir Dogs, Little Miss Sunshine, El Mariachi, Moon, Clerks, Thank You for Smoking, Sex, Lies, and Videotape, The Brothers McMullen, Napoleon Dynamite, God Grew Tired of Us, Quinceañera and Precious.
You can watch 13 different short films entered in the competition from this YouTube link. The festival’s website streams some things live; and here’s an article about other ways you can participate from afar.
After that, come in and see if we’ve purchased the prize winners for your viewing pleasure!