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The Sundance Film Festival is a film festival in the state of Utah in the United States. A film festival is the presentation or showcasing of films in one or more movie theaters or screening venues. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ...


It is the largest independent cinema festival in the U.S.[1] Held in January in Park City, Salt Lake City, and Ogden, Utah as well as the Sundance Resort, the festival is the premier showcase for new work from American and international independent filmmakers. The festival comprises competitive sections for American and international dramatic and documentary films, and a group of non-competitive showcase sections, including the Sundance Online Film Festival. Park City, Utah Main Street during a parade Looking down Main Street Park City is a city located in Summit County, Utah, United States. ... For ships of the United States Navy of the same name, see USS Salt Lake City. ... Ogden sign over Washington Boulevard at the Ogden River; toward downtown Ogden is the county seat of Weber County,GR6 Utah, United States. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... For the North American Indian ceremony, see Sun Dance sundance channel is an independent film network in the United States owned by Viacom, Robert Redford, and NBC Universal. ... An independent film, or indie film, is usually a low-budget film that is produced by a small movie studio. ... Documentary film is a broad category of cinematic expression united by the intent to remain factual or non-fictional. ...

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Utah/US Film Festival

Sundance began in 1978 as the Utah/US Film Festival in an effort to attract more filmmakers to Utah. Started by Robert Redford and co-chair Charles Gary Allison, the goal of the festival was to showcase what the potential of independent film could be. At the time, the main focus of the event was to present a series of retrospective films and filmmaker panel discussions; however it also included a small program of films made outside the Hollywood system, commonly known as independent films. The Utah/US Film Festival was started in 1978 and eventually developed into the Sundance Film Festival. ... Robert Redford (born Charles Robert Redford, Jr. ... Charles Gary Allison is an American screenwriter and film producer. ... ... An independent film (or indie film) is a film produced without the support of a major movie studio or a big budget. ...


The jury of the 1978 festival was headed by Gary Allison, and included Verna Fields, Linwood Gale Dunn, Katherine Ross, Charles E. Sellier Jr., Mark Rydell, and Anthea Sylbert. A scan of the program from the inaugural festival can be found at [1]. Charles Gary Allison is an American screenwriter and film producer. ... Verna Fields (21 March 1918 - 30 November 1982) was an American film editor and executive. ... Mark Rydell (born March 23, 1934 in New York City) is an American actor, film director and producer. ...


Over the following years several factors helped propel the growth of Utah/US Film Festival. First was the involvement of actor Robert Redford. Redford, a Utah resident, became the festival's inaugural chairman and having his name associated with Sundance gave the festival great attention. Robert Redford (born Charles Robert Redford, Jr. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ...


Second, the festival moved from September to January. The move from late summer to mid-winter was reportedly done on the advice of Hollywood director Sydney Pollack, who suggested that running a film festival in a ski resort during winter would draw more attention from Hollywood. Sydney Pollack (born July 1, 1934 in Lafayette, Indiana) is an American actor, producer, and director. ...


Sundance Institute

Management of the festival was taken over by the Sundance Institute, a non-profit organization, in 1985, and in 1991 the festival was officially renamed the Sundance Film Festival. Many famous independent filmmakers, including Kevin Smith, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino, Paul Thomas Anderson, Steven Soderbergh, James Wan and Jim Jarmusch had their big break at Sundance. It is also responsible for bringing wider attention to films such as Saw, The Blair Witch Project, Better Luck Tomorrow, Primer, Reservoir Dogs, El Mariachi, Clerks, Sex, lies, and videotape, and Napoleon Dynamite. The Sundance Institute is a center started by actor Robert Redford in 1981. ... A non-profit organization (abbreviated NPO, or non-profit or not-for-profit) is an organization whose primary objective is to support an issue or matter of private interest or public concern for non-commercial purposes, without concern for monetary profit. ... This article is about the American screenwriter and film director. ... Robert Anthony Rodriguez (born June 20, 1968) is an American writer and film director who is known for making profitable, crowd-pleasing independent and studio films with fairly low budgets and fast schedules by Hollywood standards. ... Quentin Jerome Tarantino (born March 27, 1963) is a Palme dOr-winning American film director, actor, and an Oscar winning screenwriter. ... Paul Thomas Anderson (born June 26, 1970[1] in Studio City, California) is a two-time Oscar nominated American filmmaker. ... Steven Andrew Soderbergh (born January 14, 1963 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American film producer, screenwriter, cinematographer, editor, and Oscar-winning director. ... James Wan (born 1977) is an Australian film director from Perth. ... Jim Jarmusch Jim Jarmusch (born January 22, 1953 in Akron, Ohio) is a noted American independent film director. ... This article is about the 2004 horror film, Saw. ... The Blair Witch Project is a 1999 independent horror film, financed and distributed by Artisan Entertainment. ... Better Luck Tomorrow is a R-rated 2002 drama directed by Justin Lin. ... Look up primer in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For the video game based on the film, see Reservoir Dogs (video game). ... El Mariachi is a 1992 motion picture production directed by Robert Rodriguez as the first chapter in his Mariachi Trilogy. ... This article is about the film. ... . The initial letter is shown capitalized due to technical restrictions. ... This article is about the movie. ...


Corporate America has taken notice of the festival by setting up independent marketing operations during the festival. This has not pleased the Sundance Film Festival, who have tried various ways to encourage brands to officially sponsor the festival, instead of creating their own marketing event. The festival has also (controversially, in some circles) become a press event for celebrities.


Starting in 2006, the Sundance Institute has collaborated with the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) on a special series of film screenings, performances, panel discussions, and special events bringing the institute's activities and the festival's programming to New York City.[2] Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) is a major performing arts venue in Brooklyn, a borough of New York City, known as a center for progressive and avant garde performance. ...


Growth of the festival

The festival has changed over the decades from a low-profile venue for small-budget, independent creators from outside the Hollywood system to a media extravaganza for Hollywood celebrity actors, directors from studios that are subsidiaries of the major studios, paparazzi, and luxury-goods company sponsors giving gifts to the attendees. In recent years the festival has strived to distance itself from these distractions, and in 2007 handed out buttons to all film-makers that read, "Focus on Film." ... For other uses, see Celebrity (disambiguation). ...


Attending the festival to see films can be difficult. For the 2008 festival, the film festival eliminated the $5 fee to register for a time slot to buy festival passes and ticket packages. This resulted in a flood of applications, and more than 4,000 were rejected without receiving any time slot at all. However, the festival then failed to sell all of the available passes and packages during the registration period, and added an open purchase period for all buyers.


Naming

The Sundance Film Festival was named by Robert Redford after his character The Sundance Kid from the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, probably because this is his favorite character among those he played.[3] Robert Redford (born Charles Robert Redford, Jr. ... Categories: People stubs | 1870 births | 1957 deaths | Criminals ... Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a 1969 Western film that tells the story of bank robber Butch Cassidy (played by Paul Newman) and his partner The Sundance Kid (played by Robert Redford). ...


See also

The 2008 Sundance Film Festival is scheduled to run from January 17, 2008 through January 27 in Park City, Utah. ... The 2007 Sundance Film Festival will be held from January 18 to January 28, 2007. ... The 2006 Sundance Film Festival was held from 19 January to 29 January 2006. ... This is a partial list of films that won awards at the Sundance Film Festival. ... This is a partial list of films shown at the Sundance Film Festival. ... Sundance Channel logo used from 1996 to 2002. ...

Notes

  1. ^ The Associated Press (January 18, 2006). Sundance Mixed With Stars, Politicians. via Yahoo! News. Retrieved on 2007-11-11.
  2. ^ Sundance Mixed With Stars, Politicians. BAM. Retrieved on 2007-11-11.
  3. ^ Lauren David Peden (December 2005). Sundance Subdued. Freedom Orange County Information (coastmagazine.com). Retrieved on 2007-11-11.

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