Sundance Diaries: Supporting Local Film Orgs

  • January 29, 2021
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By now you know: Sundance, like most everything else, has gone virtual. While there are many great things about this new experience, there are certainly things we will miss, such as watching the films in some of our local theaters. During our Sundance Kick-Off Party, the KRCL Sundance team talked with Utah Film Center's executive director, Patrick Hubley, and Salt Lake Film Society's director of public relations, marketing and communications, Barb Guy, about what their organizations will be sponsoring at this year's Sundance. Check out what they've got going on and mark your calendar so you can still show some love to our local film organizations from the comfort of your own home.  

Salt Lake Film Society

This year, SLFS will host four free panel discussions that festival goers can participate in. 

Screendance Filmmaking: dancing through the frame

Women and Mexican CinemaMexican filmmaking through the lens of women

Animation FilmmakingAnimation and the entrepreneurial endeavor

Theatrical Release Strategies: Secrets to success in film exhibition: What every filmmaker should know


Utah Film Center

Experience Sundance with your kids by carving out time during the festival to watch a film through Utah Film Center's Tumbleweeds Kids Festival. This year would have marked the 10-year anniversary for the Tumbleweeds Kids Festival, which has grown into a multi-venue event in Utah. Due to COVID, Utah Film Center has opted to take the festival online, beginning with the debut of six films during the Sundance Film Festival as part of Festival Village on Main Street. After Sundance, Utah Film Center will curate and present a diverse selection of new releases and past Tumbleweeds favorites—many of which have premiered during Sundance. The monthly screenings will be live-streamed and include engaging and uplifting messages for viewers. Visit the Utah Film Center website to pre-order your tickets to the Tumbleweeds Kids Festival

Plan your kid-friendly Sundance experience by checking out the Tumbleweeds Sundance premieres.

(Film information provided by Utah Film Center)

The Adventures of Thomas and Felix / USA (Director: Micah Barber) — Ten-year-old Thomas has a best friend: Felix the Fox. But his parents want him to make “real friends”, so they send him to summer camp. He hates it. So he and Felix make a midnight escape. Official Selection: 2018 Tumbleweeds Film Festival
Age recommendation: 8 years old and up 

The Bears Famous Invasion Of Sicily / France, Italy (Director: Lorenzo Mattotti) — To find his long lost son and food to survive the winter, the great bear king leads his clan down from the mountains and into the world of men. After escaping terrible monsters and defeating an evil duke, the bears and men live together in peace – for a time. Official Selection: 2019 Cannes Film Festival - Un Certain Regard
Age recommendation: 10 years old and up

Felix / South Africa (Director: Roberta Durrant) — In this uplifting film from South Africa, 14-year-old Felix Xaba must overcome obstacles at home and school in order to fulfill his dreams. Official Selection: 2014 Tumbleweeds Film Festival
Age recommendation: 10 years old and up

H is for Happiness / Australia (Director: John Sheedy) — Based on the successful young adult novel My Life As An Alphabet by Australian author Barry Jonsberg, the film follows Candice Phee – a twelve-year-old girl with boundless optimism and a unique view of the world. Set in a small coastal town, it’s about an unflinchingly honest girl’s determination to bring her family back from the brink. Official Selection: 2020 Tumbleweeds Film Festival.
Age recommendation: 10 years old and up

Los Bando / Norway (Director: Christian Lo) — Best friends Axel and Grim dream of making musical history with their teen band "Los Bando Immortale." After receiving an invitation to the Norwegian Rock Championship it now appears anything is possible. The only problem is Axel can’t sing and Grim can’t bear to tell him the truth. They hire Martin (a race car driver) and invite Thilda (a 9-year-old cellist) and set out on a musical road trip to the far Norwegian north. With every passing kilometer, the band grows closer and it becomes clear that they were destined to change rock forever! Or maybe not. Official Selection: 2018 Kristiansand International Children’s Film Festival
Age recommendation: 10 years old and up

We Are The Radical Monarchs / USA (Director: Linda Goldstein Knowlton) — Meet the Radical Monarchs, a group of young girls of color at the front lines of social justice. Set in Oakland, a city with a deep history of social justice movements, the film documents the journey of the group as they earn badges for completing units including being an LGBTQ+ ally, preserving the environment, and disability justice. Started by two fierce, queer women of color, we follow them as they face the challenge to grow the organization, both pre and post the 2016 election.
Age recommendation: 12 years old and up