The Sundance Institute’s 22nd annual Summer Film Series is here! This year’s free screenings includes new films from the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, award-winning favorites, and fun stories for the whole family. Enjoy beautiful Utah summer evenings with critically acclaimed films and fun activities!
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Gates open at 7:30PM and movies begin at dusk. Please enter through the Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre gates.
You are welcome to pack a picnic and bring a cooler. The Amphitheatre is located at the mouth of Red Butte Canyon - it can get chilly at night so be sure to bring a jacket and blankets.
All films are shown rain or shine, but will be cancelled in the case of dangerous lightning or high winds.
No ticket purchase necessary - all screenings are free and open to the public.
Only service animals are allowed in Red Butte Garden and Amphitheatre. Please leave pets and comfort animals at home.
Directed and written by Jordan Peele
Rated R, 114 minutes
Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family's overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter's interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.
Directed by Fernando Grostein Andrade
Not Rated, 85 minutes
Finding one’s identity is a challenge everyone faces, but few have the pressure that 12-year-old Abe feels as the son of an Israeli mother and Palestinian father. Thankfully, Abe's passion for food allows him some escape from the escalating family tensions. While exploring Brooklyn to discover new foods, he meets Chico, a Brazilian chef who believes “mixing flavors can bring people together.” Abe decides to plan a Thanksgiving feast that celebrates his diverse heritage, with the hope of unifying his family.
Experience world cultures and support the local entrepreneurs of Spice Kitchen! Enjoy Afghan cuisine from Hayat’s Grill and sweet Venezuelan desserts from Delicius, all available for purchase before the screening starts.
Directed and written by Bo Burnham
Rated R, 94 minutes
Eighth-grader Kayla Day always has her phone in hand, hoping to find connections online that might make up for those she’s unable to forge in everyday life. She makes YouTube videos aimed at other adolescents dealing with similar issues—feelings of isolation, anxiety, and invisibility—but Kayla finds her advice paralyzingly difficult to apply in real situations. In the final week of a thus-far-disastrous school year—and with high school looming on the horizon—Kayla struggles to bridge the gap between how she perceives herself and who she believes she should be.
Hot fresh churros available for purchase from San Diablo Churros’ pop-up stand!
Directed by Bill Weber and David Weissman
Rated R, 100 minutes
A flamboyant ensemble of gender-bending hippies, the Cockettes created a series of LSD-fueled musicals in early-1970s San Francisco. These all-singing, all-dancing extravaganzas featured outrageous costumes, rebellious sexuality, and exuberant chaos.
The screening will be preceded by a conversation and Q&A with co-director David Weissman.
Enjoy delicious mini donuts available for purchase from Donut Kabobs.