Want to go to Sundance? Live in or near Ann Arbor, Boston, Brooklyn, Chicago, Houston, Nashville, Orlando, San Francisco or Tucson? If you answered yes, then this news is for you. Folks may have scoffed at the on-demand at-home Sundance Film Festival offerings in recent years, but the festival also offers theatrical exhibition outside of Utah. For one night only during the 2012 event, Thursday, January 26, 2012, select Sundance filmmakers will travel to one of nine cities with their films to expand the Sundance experience beyond Park City, Utah. From the official press release:

For one night only, the 2012 Sundance Film Festival will extend beyond Utah to visit nine cities and theatres across the country. As part of Sundance Film Festival USA, on the second Thursday of the Festival (January 26), filmmakers will travel from the Festival in Utah to the nine cities, courtesy of Official Airline Sponsor Southwest Airlines. In each city, the filmmaker will introduce and screen their film and participate in a Q&A with the audience. An introduction video featuring highlights from the Festival will precede each screening. This will be the third year of the Sundance Film Festival USA initiative.

“Every year, our goal with the Sundance Film Festival is to make it an extraordinary event for those who attend, and with Sundance Film Festival USA, we’re bringing the Festival experience to independent film lovers nationwide,” said John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival. “In many cases, those audiences feel a connection to independent film because of the year-round work of their hometown theatres. Sundance Film Festival USA shows both our gratitude to these theatres for their contributions to the independent film community as well as our support and commitment to helping them grow their existing audiences.”

The cities and theatres participating are:
–Ann Arbor, MI – The Michigan Theatre,
–Boston, MA – Coolidge Corner Theatre,
–Brooklyn, NY – BAM,
–Chicago, IL – Music Box Theatre,
–Houston, TX – Sundance Cinemas Houston,
–Nashville, TN – Belcourt Theatre,
–Orlando, FL – Enzian Theater,
–San Francisco, CA – Sundance Kabuki Cinemas,
–Tucson, AZ – The Loft,

Tickets for each screening will be available through the theatre’s box office. The film that will screen at each theatre will be announced in December.

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