What deters me from a movie-a-week habit? Why haven't I experienced all the glory that is Thor or whatever the name of the 82nd Pirates movie is? For one, I just can't justify spending the money involved with a theater expedition. Another reason? Big budget movies just don't do it for me anymore. They've lost all the plot and story in favor of special effects, CGI and 3D (more or less, words I just don't get).
So good news, for me at least: The Sundance Institute is offering free films for locals, for the 14th year, kicking off June 29.
The films, running through August 31, will be shown at Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake City and City Park in Park City. The flicks screened aren't your typical X-Men style movies, instead you'll get a selection of audience and critics favorites from previous Sundance Film Festivals.
The Lineup: It Might Get Loud (Sundance, 2009) Over the course of one day, three generations of electric guitar phenomena come together, crank up their amps, and let it roll. Davis Guggenheim's rocking documentaryâ€”featuring Jimmy Page, The Edge, and Jack Whiteâ€”illuminates the path each artist travelled to forge their sound. Wednesday, June 29, 2011, 9 p.m., Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre, Salt Lake City Thursday, June 30, 2011, 9 p.m., City Park, Park City
The Music Never Stopped (Sundance, 2011) Twenty years after their teenage son Gabriel ran away from home, Henry and Helen find him in the hospital with a benign brain tumor and a damaged memory. With the help of a music therapist and Gabriel's favorite music (The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, and Buffalo Springfield), Henry and his son work through painful memories and a family begins to heal. Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 9 p.m., Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre Thursday, July 21, 2011, 9 p.m., City Park, Park City, UT
Exit Through the Gift Shop, A Banksy Film (Sundance, 2010) Los Angeles-based filmmaker Terry Guetta set out to record the secretive world of street art in all its thrilling detail for more then 8 years. He traveled with the pack of the worlds most infamous vandals capturing footage. But after meeting the British stencil artist known only as "Banksy," things took a bizarre turn. Banksy turns the tables on the only man who has ever filmed him, creating a remarkable documentary that is part personal journey and part an expose of the art world with its mind altering mix of hot air and hype. Saturday, August 6, 2011, 9 p.m., City Park, Park City, UT
Troubadours (Sundance, 2011) Framed by the illustrious careers of James Taylor and Carole King, Troubadors delves into the explosive singer-songwriter movement in Los Angeles during the early 1970s. Morgan Neville creates a riveting chronicle of the time featuring icons Elton John, Steve Martin, and Bonnie Raitt. Wednesday, August 10, 2011, 9 p.m., Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre
Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest (Sundance, 2011)
One of the most innovative and influential hip-hop bands of all time, A Tribe Called Quest has kept a generation hungry for more of its groundbreaking music since the group's much publicized breakup. Michael Rapaport documents the behind-the-scenes drama of A Tribe Called Quest, and explores what's next for the pioneers of alternative rap. Wednesday, August 31, 2011, 9 p.m., Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre