As the Sundance Film Festival became more and more popular, so did a need in the Salt Lake Valley for a large venue, the Grand Theatre was a perfect fit. It’s first year was in 2015. Salt Lake Community College and Sundance Institute have partnered to bring independent filmmaking to more theater goers as the festival grows in popularity. The Grand Theatre is currently the festival’s second largest venue (the largest in the Salt Lake Valley), with a seating capacity of more than 1,100. Movies are shown at the Grand on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for two weekends during the festival, with plenty of free parking on site at South City Campus. The theatre hosts movies that make their world premieres in the Grand, with introductions and riveting Q&A sessions that bring movie stars, directors and celebrities to the stage. Previous years have brought filmmakers and stars like former Vice President Al Gore, Viggo Mortensen, and Daniel Radcliffe to the Grand Theatre stage. The atmosphere for each premiere, as you can imagine, is exciting and electric.
Salt Lake Art Center’s exhibition of Sundance Film Festival New Frontier opens the door to new forms of creativity. The New Frontier artists and filmmakers reconfigure art, technology, film, and performance to explore narrative structure, the three-dimensionality of the cinematic image, and innovations in transmedia storytelling. Interactive, community-curated video archive In Ghostcatching (1999), Bill T. Jones dances a series of original and haunting choreographic sequences accompanied by his own vocalizations as OpenEnded Group captures and portrays the movement using a customized technique. After Ghostcatching expands this work to incorporate 3-D technology, immersing audiences inside the dance and allowing them to experience this wondrous world of virtual movement with new depth. OpenEnded Group & Bill T. Jones, U.S.A., 2010, 13 min. loop. Single -Channel, 3-D Video Installation Our prolonged and increasing exposure to dramatic entertainment shapes our imaginations, our aspirations, and the way we reference our memories and structure the time in our day. Mixed-Media Video Installation The Johnny Cash Project and The Wilderness Downtown. These two participatory, web-based projects are the result of the innovative collaboration between data-visualization artist Aaron Koblin and filmmaker Chris Milk. The Johnny Cash Project invites participants to create individual drawings that are woven into a collective, animated music-video tribute to Johnny Cash, set to his song “Ain’t No Grave.” The Wilderness Downtown is an interactive film that uses HTML5 programming and Google Maps to create startlingly personal videos that accompany the Arcade Fire song “We Used to Wait.” Milk+Koblin (Chris Milk and Aaron Koblin), U.S.A., 2010, 3 min. and 5 min. respectively. Participatory Website, Interactive Film. Myth and Infrastructure and Dreaming of Lucid Living. Brimming with elevated visions of the ways the human body interacts with its surrounding environment, award-winning animator Miwa Matreyek integrates her own shadow into her whimsical, handcrafted, animated worlds. Her breathtakingly beautiful images mix with dreamy original music to create glistening realms of enchantment. Dreaming of Lucid Living explores domestic spaces, large and small cities, and magical powers in dreamlike vignettes. Myth and Infrastructure expands the scope of the connections to the environment as a whole. Miwa Matreyek, U.S.A., 2010, 17 min. Multimedia Performance. Pandemic 1.0. A mysterious virus begins to affect the adults in a small rural town, and the youth soon find themselves cut off from civilization, fighting for their lives. How fast is the virus spreading? It is confirmed—the virus has hit Salt Lake City. Can you survive? Pandemic 1.0, a transmedia storytelling experience, unites film, mobile and online technologies, props, social gaming, and data visualization, enabling audiences to step into the shoes of the pandemic protagonists anytime during the day. Mission Control is the only way to learn where you stand in the face of the spreading pandemic. Lance Weiler, U.S.A., ongoing. Transmedia Storytelling. Exhibition held in the Main Gallery Space.