The Sundance Institute has finally released their lineup for the 2017 Summer Film Series which means its time to grab a blanket, picnic, some drinks, and come on out for free independent movie screenings in the great outdoors. Showings are split between Park City, Salt Lake City, and a few other locations. But you'll definitely want to save the date for the screenings in City Park where getting to watching great independent cinema is just the tip of the ice berg.
Join Park City Recreation for a Beach Bash at the park ahead of the screening of the visually thrilling surfing documentary, Riding Giants (2004). In honor of a film all about catching big-waves, come dressed in your favorite beach/surf attire and enjoy music, surf-inspired trivia, and tarp surfing. The festivities kick off as 7:30 p.m. and will continue until the screening at dusk (approx. 9 p.m.).
Filmmakers delve into the devastating coral bleaching happening in reefs around the world in Chasing Coral, which screened in Park City early this year as part of the Sundance Film Festival. Follow a team of divers, photographers, and scientists on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why coral reefs are dying. Come out early (7:30 p.m.) to hear about what the Park City Environmental Sustainability Department, the Park City City Council, and local non-profits are doing to protect our corner of the world.
The Sundance Summer Film Series' final City Park screening will be held in collaboration with the annual Kimball Arts Festival. Come out early to listen to live music and take part in lawn games ahead of the feature presentation of the film Walking Out, the story of a teenager who journeys to Montana to hunt big game with his estranged father. The two struggle to connect, until a brutal encounter in the heart of the wilderness changes everything.
Remember, the Sundance Summer Film Series includes a whole slew of other free film showings in addition to the aforementioned City Park screenings. See the full schedule here.