Notes: Sundance Film Festival’s Return to Park City

Thoughts surrounding the community of filmmakers and movie fans

This January, the Sundance Film Festival returned to Park City, Utah for the first time since the 2020 iteration, which we attended to explore the pioneering New Frontier division, along with a nightly music series at The Montage Deer Valley. For the last two years, the renowned event has taken place online and in VR headsets—an empowering social addition for those at home). However, this …

Sundance 2023: Chef Melissa King’s Cinematic Cuisine

At the Chase Sapphire on Main pop-up installation, the star chef demonstrated the spectacular sensory power of small bites

If films are the stars of Sundance, bursting with bright cinematic ideas and orienting festival attendees during their stay, then the hundreds of cultural activations across Utah’s Park City are the planets upon which communities form between screenings. Sundance, which has returned to Park City for the first time since January 2020, is known as a platform for breakthrough independent cinema, as well as the …

Sundance 2023: “Ricky” Short Film Director, Rashad Frett

A powerful look at an individual struggling with a return to freedom

A cinematic pool of unmatched depth, the short film program at Sundance offers an immersive introduction to emerging talent, a concise selection of thought-provoking stories and a taste of the future of the medium. Screening this year as part of Short Film Program 1, writer/director Rashad Frett‘s Ricky delivers a poignant, powerful portrait of a person struggling with life after incarceration and the strangling after-effects of the …