To the general public, the film season in January is pretty much divided up into two categories: Oscar contenders in wide release and the dull lull of new releases that fall to the wayside in light of the Oscar season. However, January is also the month where the next great independent hit can be found at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah from January 19-25.
Born out of the Sundance Institute, an organization that was founded by Robert Redford in the 1980s, the Sundance Film Festival has been introducing some of the most innovative storytellers onscreen for over three decades. Films that have gained national recognition from this festival include Reservoir Dogs, American Splendor, and An Inconvenient Truth, and recent Sundance hits have also resulted in increased exposure for young female stars such as Jennifer Lawrence in Winter’s Bone and Elizabeth Olsen in Martha, Macy, May, Marlene. Individual tickets and festival passes can be purchased via the Sundance website.
For those that aren’t able to make the trip to Park City, there’s Sundance Film Festival U.S.A, which will show 9 Festival selections in 9 locations throughout the country. All screenings will take place on Januaray 26, and Q&A’s will be held with filmmakers in each location. Below are the list of theaters participating in these Sundance screenings. More information on the screenings and individual tickets can be purchased at each theater.
Ann Arbor, MI – The Michigan Theatre
Boston, MA – Coolidge Corner Theatre
Brooklyn, NY – BAM
Chicago, IL – Music Box Theatre
Houston, TX – Sundance Cinemas Houston
Nashville, TN – Belcourt Theatre
San Francisco, CA – Sundance Kabuki Cinemas
Tucson, AZ – The Loft
Orlando, FL – Enzian Theater