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Sundance Film Festival goes nationwide with eight-city Sundance Film Fest U.S.A.

November 4, 2009 |  7:35 pm

Sundance-post1The Sundance Institute announced its Sundance Film Festival U.S.A. initiative, which will expand the upcoming 2010 Sundance Film Festival to eight cities across the United States. On Jan. 28, 2010 -- which also marks the kickoff of the festival's awards weekend -- eight filmmakers and their features will be sent to art houses in eight different cities, where they will screen their work and engage in discussion with audiences; a video featuring Sundance Institute President and Festival Founder Robert Redford and highlights from the festival will accompany the screenings.

On that same night in Park City, Utah, the festival will feature the North American premiere of directors Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross's documentary "The Shock Doctrine." Based on the book of the same name by award-winning journalist Naomi Klein, the film explores how shock tactics are used to affect economic policy in troubled global environment. The screening is intended to re-ignite the festival and film-goers' commitment to both national issues and independent film as a whole. 

“The concept behind Sundance Film Festival U.S.A. is to ignite dialogue as people across the country engage in a collective film experience. It is an extension of the work we have done for decades: supporting the independent voice, bringing artists to the table and inserting art more and more into the social context of how we live,” said Robert Redford. “We hope by speaking with artists about their work and experiencing the festival as it is happening, audiences will be inspired to share opinions, discuss the key issues of our day and reflect on the role art plays in social change.”

Selections for the eight films to be showcased at Sundance Film Festival U.S.A. will be made after the programming announcement in December. The 2010 Sundance Film Festival runs from Jan. 21-31. A list of theaters participating in Sundance Film Festival U.S.A. is after the break.

Participating cities and their theaters are: 

Ann Arbor, MI -- Michigan Theater 

Brookline, MA -- Coolidge Corner Theatre 

Brooklyn, NY -- BAM  

Chicago, IL -- Music Box Theatre 

Los Angeles, CA -- Downtown Independent 

Madison, WI -- Sundance Cinemas Madison 

Nashville, TN -- The Belcourt Theatre 

San Francisco, CA -- Sundance Kabuki Cinemas

-- Paul Gaita

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