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"Sundance was started as a mechanism for the discovery of new voices and new talent."

"The technology available for film-making now is incredible, but I am a big believer that it's all in the story."

— Robert Redford

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The story goes that while Robert Redford was filming "Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid" in the Park City, Utah area in 1968, he fell in love with the land and its potential and bought the property that is now the Sundance Resort with his salary from that movie. However, it is also true that his first wife, Lola Van Wagenen was from Utah, and the couple had built a vacation cabin in the area five years prior.

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Sundance  Companies

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Sundance Group (umbrella corporation) entry at Wikipedia


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Sundance Resort entry at Wikipedia

GOLD STAR: built 1886 as U.P.R.R. train station; closed 1977; opened 1995 by Robert Redford's Sundance Resort  Zoom Restaurant [open 1995], 660 Main Street in Park City, Utah


blue logo for 2011 Sundance Film Festival          red logo for 2013 Sundance Film Festival          Sundance Film Festival [Jan 2014 = #30] in Park City, Utah          Sundance Film Festival [Jan 2015 = #31] in Park City, Utah          Sundance Film Festival [Jan 2016 = #32] in Park City, Utah
Founded in 1978 as the Utah/U.S. Film Festival in Salt Lake City under leadership of Robert Redford; moved to Park City, Utah in 1981;
management changed to Sundance Institute in 1984; the Sundance Film Festival - London was founded in March 2011.
entry at Wikipedia
Sundance Film Festival [Jan 2017 = #33] in Park City, Utah

Story of the Sundance Film Festival book  
"Party In A Box: The Story of The Sundance Film Festival" [1999]
by Lory Smith {a co-founder of the Sundance Festival}

Kindle Edition from Gibbs Smith Publrs [1999 edition] for $8.79
Gibbs Smith Publrs 9¼x6¼ pb [10/99] out of print/many used

Sundance Film Festival Collection Celebrating 25 Years DVD box set  "Sundance Film Festival Collection: Celebrating 25 Years of Independence" DVD Box Set [2005]
Sundance Channel Home Ent. DVD set [12/2005] 11 disks for $41.99
contains 10 major, award-winning independent feature films plus bonus disk: "Sex, Lies and Videotape" [1989] by Steven Soderbergh; "Clerks" [1994] by Kevin Smith; "The Usual Suspects" [1995] by Bryan Singer; "Smoke Signals" [1998] by Chris Eyre & Sherman Alexie; "Boys Don't Cry" [1999] starring Hilary Swank; "American Movie" [1999]; "In The Bed-room" [2001] by Todd Field; "Real Women Have Curves" [2002] starring America Ferrera; "Capturing The Friedmans"
[2003]; and "American Splendor" [2003]; bonus materials include a booklet and 11th disc with behind-the-scenes footage from the Sundance Institute Labs and never-before-seen interviews with filmmakers and founder Robert Redford

Sundance Premieres is a non-competitive offshoot of the Sundance Film Festival that affords special attention to films deemed worthy;
these world premieres tend to be minor/artistic dramatic films by major actors or directors, as well as new documentaries.


'red waves' logo for Sundance Institute Institute [est. 1981]
Alfred P. Sloan Commissioning Grants (usually announced in April)


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The Sundance Channel launched in February 1996 as a showcase for independent films. Cablevision's Rainbow Media bought
the Sundance Channel in May 2008 for $496M; the division was spun off in July 2011 as A.M.C. Networks.

official websiteentry at Wikipedia


Sundance Selects


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Sundance Studios & Productions Company
Announced 4/2012: A new initiative for producing both fiction and nonfiction content for television & multimedia platforms, with producing partner Laura Michalchyshyn. Among the company’s first projects are the documentary "All The President’s Men Revisited" and the drama miniseries "Valentines", based on an Olaf Olafsson book of short stories.


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SundanceNOW - online destination for independent film watchers
Announced 4/2012: Launch of "Doc Club", a subscriber-based video-on-demand program for documentaries that will be curated by Thom Powers (of TIFF), who will select a new group of titles each month. Subscribers will receive six to ten new titles each month at a cost of $3.99 (or $19.99 for the full year).


Sundance Cinemas 'art house' chain [est. 2005]
The Sundance Cinemas 'art house' chain was announced in May 2005,
a joint venture of Robert Redford and the Landmark Theatres chain.

Sundance Cinemas: official websiteentry at Wikipedia

Dept.  of  NOT  Sundance

NOT Sundance Natural Foods Co. [est. 1971] growers cooperative of Oceanside, CA

NOT Sundance Natural Foods [est. 1971] in Eugene, Oregon

NOT Sundance Mountain Lodge [est. 1970s] in Monument, Colorado

NOT The Sundance Company [est. 1976] real estate developers of Meridien/Boise, Idaho

NOT Sundance Helicopters & Tours [est. 1985] in Las Vegas, Nevada

NOT SunDance Interiors [est. 1985] of Rosedale, CA

NOT Sundance Vacations [est. 1991] travel agency of Wilkes Barre, PA

NOT Sundance Resources, Ltd. [est. 1993, name changed 2003] iron mining in Australia

NOT Sundance Boats [est. 1994] of Blackshear, Georgia

NOT Sundance Printing Co. [est. 1994] in Parker, Colorado

NOT Sundance Power Systems, Inc. [est. 1995] renewable energy of Weaverville, NC

NOT Sundance Bear Lodge B&B [est. 1998] in Mancos, Colorado

NOT Sundance Towne Center shopping mall [est. 2007] in Buckeye, Arizona


NOT Sundance RV Park, 815 E. Main Street in Cortez, Colorado

NOT Sundance Lodge, Cafe & Stables in Nederland, Colorado

NOT Sundance Trails Ranch north & east of Okeechobee, Florida

NOT Sundance Studio Fitness of Rising Sun, Maryland

NOT Sundance Chevy ranch - auto dealer in Grand Ledge/Lansing, Michigan

NOT Sundance Shoe Shop at the Boardwalk Shopping Center in West Bloomfield, Michigan

NOT Schnee's Sundance Shoes at the Gallatin Valley Mall in Bozeman, Montana

NOT Sundance B&B in Roy, New Mexico

NOT historic Sundance Square in the heart of Fort Worth, Texas


NOT Sundance Sun, Inc. [est. 1982?] polymer technologies of USA?

NOT the 23 Sundance Western novels [1972-77] written by John Benteen/Ben Haas [1926-77]

Works About Sundance

Story of the Sundance Film Festival  "Party In A Box: The Story of The Sundance Film Festival" [1999]
by Lory Smith {a co-founder of the Sundance Festival}

Kindle Edition from Gibbs Smith Publrs [1999 edition] for $8.79
Gibbs Smith Publrs 9¼x6¼ pb [10/99] out of print/many used
Down & Dirty Pictures  "Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance & The Rise of Independent
Film" [2004] by Peter Biskind

S&S 9½x6.4 hardcover [1/2004] for $18.33
Sundance Festival Virgin's Guide  "Sundance: A Festival Virgin's Guide - Surviving Park City & Thriving At America's Most Important Film Festival" [2005]
by Benjamin Craig

Cinemagine Media Publng 8x5¾ pb [10/2005] for $17.13

The  Film  &  Music  Library

Sundance Film Festival Collection Celebrating 25 Years DVD box set  "Sundance Film Festival Collection: Celebrating 25 Years" DVD Box Set [2005]
Sundance Channel Home Ent. DVD set [12/2005] 11 disks for $89.98
contains 10 feature films: "American Movie" [1999]; American Splendor" [2003]; "Boys Don't Cry" [1999] by Kimberly Peirce; "Capturing The Friedmans" [2003 documentary]; "Clerks" [1994} by Kevin Smith; "In The Bedroom" [2001]; "Real Women Have Curves" [2002]; "Sex, Lies, and Videotape" [1989] by Steven Soderbergh; "Smoke Signals" [1998] directed by Chris Eyre: and "The Usual Suspects" [1995] directed by Bryan Singer: the 11th disk contains promos, and interviews with Robert Redford and others
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Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 documentary film  "The Black Power Mixtape, 1967-1975"
[Swedish TV 2011, Sundance Selects USA Sept 2011]

100-minute documentary film culled from footage by white Swedish filmmakers that was shot in America from 1967-1975 and only recently discovered in storage; includes clips of Lewis Micheaux; others featured include Erykah Badu, Harry Belafonte, Mable Carmichael, Stokely Carmichael, Eldridge Cleaver, Kathleen Cleaver, Angela Davis, Louis Farrakhan, Danny Glover, Martin Luther King Jr., Talib Kweli, Bobby Seale & Malcolm X Written & directed by Göran Olsson
full credits at IMDbofficial movie site
M.P.I. Home Video b&w/color DVD [12/2011] for $19.99
companion book: Haymarket Books hardcover [4/2012] for $16.14

"Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry" documentary film
[Sundance Selects USA July 2012]
Ai Weiwei Never Sorry documentary film  English-language and Mandarin with subtitles; interviews and gallery showings
and lots of Chinese police on film.
Written & directed by Alison Klayman;
won Special Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival
M.P.I. Home Video widescreen color Blu-ray [12/2012] for $24.99
M.P.I. Home Video widescreen color DVD [12/2012] for $12.99
full credits at IMDbofficial movie site
watch 6/2012 trailer [3:51] at IMDb

"The Central Park Five" [Sundance Selects release 2013?]
"The Central Park Five" documentary film by Ken Burns  In April 1989, a lone female jogger was assaulted and raped an beaten; her injuries were so sever that she was expected to die, and though she did survive, she has no memory of the event. New York City police rounded up black teenagers, and released the names of five before their indictment. The five were convicted although DNA evidence did not match the single DNA 'print' on the victim's clothing. In 2002, a convicted rapist & murderer confessed to the crime, which was confirmed by a DNA match; the five defendants' convictions were vacated in December 2002. In 2003, lawyers for the five sued the city for malicious prosecution and such; the case was not resolved as-of April 2011. Directed by Ken Burns, with his daughter Sarah Burns and her husband David McMahon (all three co-produced & co-wrote);
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available • full credits at IMDb

Sundance’s HBO documentary "Ethel" by the daughter of Ethel Kennedy

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