20th Annual Summer Sundance Film Community Screenings


Park City summers bring more hours of daylight and plenty of reasons to be outdoors, so you might be reluctant to sit inside a dark theatre to watch a film. But what if you could combine great film with the outdoors? Sundance Institute’s Summer Film Series is a chance to do just that. This summer marks the 20th consecutive year of free outdoor film screenings curated and presented by Sundance Institute.

Films are screened in Salt Lake and Summit counties throughout the summer. The Summit County offerings start on Friday, July 7, with Riding Giants at City Park, including a beach party and tarp surfing presented by Park City Recreation. The following week, on July 13, the screening moves to the DeJoria Center, a world-class event space located at the High Star Ranch in the Kamas Valley. Presented in collaboration with Mountain Town Music, the evening begins with free live music from Ghostowne, starting at 6pm followed by a screening of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.   

Additional screenings at City Park are scheduled for July 21 and August 4.  The July 21st film is Chasing Coral, preceded by a conversation on local sustainability efforts. In August, the film Walking Out will be screened in a collaboration between the Sundance Institute and the Kimball Arts Festival, as part of the Festival After Dark program. Enjoy a full day of festival events topped off by a relaxing and free evening at the movies.

No tickets are required for these free public events, so just grab a blanket and a couple of friends and make this part of your Park City summer. Films start at dusk, which is typically around 9pm. For a full calendar of free screenings and additional details keep an eye on the Sundance Institute website (www.sundance.org).

FilmDana Craig