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Posted on Fri, Sep 16, 2011 : 9:25 a.m.

Michigan Theater to again host Sundance screening in January

By Bob Needham

The Sundance Film Festival has announced that the Michigan Theater will again be part of its Sundance Film Festival USA outreach program.

Under the program, a handful of movie theaters around the country host a screening of a movie that's part of the prestigious film festival based in Park City, Utah. A public appearance by the filmmaker is also part of the event.


Miguel Arteta, director of "Cedar Rapids," speaks at this year's Sundance Film Festival USA event at the Michigan Theater. file photo

Ann Arbor's Michigan Theater has been part of the program for each of its first two years, and it's again on the newly announced list of theaters for the third year.

Sundance Film Festival USA will take place on Jan. 26, the second Thursday of the festival in Park City. In addition to Ann Arbor, other participating citiies are new arrivals Houston, Orlando, and Tucson, plus returnees Chicago, Boston, Brooklyn, Nashville and San Francisco.

“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 a press release. “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.”

Specific movies to be screened at the event will be announced in December. Ticket information is also to be announced.

Earlier this year, the Michigan was the only theater outside Park City to host two Sundance screenings: both "Win Win" and the locally filmed "Cedar Rapids."

For more information, see the festival website.