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The Michigan Theater has been chosen for the past 5 years as one of the official venues for Sundance Film Festival USA. On one night each year in late January, Sundance expands nationwide to theaters in just ten cities, including Ann Arbor!

Our audiences are lucky to have the opportunity to experience an exclusive screening direct from the festival and to engage in live conversation with festival artists. If we are chosen again this year, determination of the film and filmmaker(s) traveling to Ann Arbor will take place shortly after the festival’s overall programming announcement in December. The film will be selected from the official Sundance Film Festival program.

“The concept behind Sundance Film Festival USA is to ignite dialogue as people across the country engage in a collective film experience. It is an extension, really, 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, Sundance Institute President and Founder of the Sundance Film Festival. “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.”

Films that we’ve shown as part of Sundance Film Festival USA include:

The Michigan Theater also screens the Sundance Shorts program during this time.

About Sundance Film Festival

Supported by the nonprofit Sundance Institute, the Festival has introduced global audiences to some of the most ground-breaking films of the past two decades, including sex, lies, and videotape, Maria Full of Grace, The Cove, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, An Inconvenient Truth, Precious, Trouble the Water, and Napoleon Dynamite and, through its New Frontier initiative, has brought the cinematic works of media artists including Isaac Julian, Doug Aitken, Pierre Huyghe, Jennifer Steinkamp, and Matthew Barney.