Sundance 2011: The sun shines on Ogden

By Amy Wilde

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, Jan. 20 2011 11:18 p.m. MST

Ogden will host 14 movies at historic Peery's Egyptian Theater during the Sundance Film Festival.

Amy Wilde

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Ogden is a growing part of the Sundance family.

Since 1998, the northern Utah city has played host to the annual Sundance Film Festival, and over those 13 years has expanded to include screenings on all 10 days of the festival.

Ogden is one of four festival locations, along with Salt Lake City, Park City and Sundance Resort, that will showcase independent cinematic talent in the categories of documentary, dramatic, shorts and animation spotlight. Beginning today, 14 films will be shown in Ogden.

"Sundance continues to send us more films," said Ogden Mayor Matthew Godfrey. "And they get better every year."

The venue for those films, Peery's Egyptian Theater, is a "jewel of Sundance," says Dan Musgrave, President of the Ogden Downtown Alliance.

Built in 1924, the theater escaped demolition after being boarded up for several years in the 1980s. At the final hour, it was purchased and in 1997 was restored to its full grandeur, thanks in large part to donations from the community.

According to the history of the theater, it is one of only two "Egyptian Atmospheric" theaters in the nation.

"Sitting in the theater before the movie starts, the lights above you twinkle just like you are sitting outdoors," Musgrave said.

Among Ogden's other benefits, according to Musgrave, are FrontRunner access, parking, a free downtown trolley and restaurants on Historic 25th Street. A new app, iOgden, is ready for free download.

"With the iOgden app, we try and make it convenient for people coming from in and out of town to quickly find a good place to eat," Godfrey said.

A reception will be Jan. 25 following the screening of "The Music Never Stopped," playing at 6:30 p.m. Those with a ticket stub from the movie will be admitted free to the event, which has a 1960s theme. The event has been a crowd pleaser in the past, with directors and actors also in attendance.

Tickets, which went on sale Jan. 17, can be purchased at the Peery's Egyptian Theater box office, 2415 Washington Blvd., or online at sundance.org.

Amy Wilde is a writer living in Brigham City, Utah. You can follow her blog at amywildeatmosphere.blogspot.com/ or e-mail her at wilde.amy@gmail.com.

What: 2011 Sundance Film Festival

When: Jan. 20-30

Park City venues: Eccles Theatre, 1750 Kearns Blvd.; Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main; Holiday Village Cinemas, 1776 Park Ave.; Library Center Theatre, 1255 Park Ave.; Prospector Square Theatre, 2200 Sidewinder Dr.; Redstone at Kimball Junction, 6030 North Market St.; Temple Theatre, Located on Highway 224; Yarrow Resort Hotel, 1800 Park Ave.

Salt Lake City venues: Broadway Centre Cinemas, 111 E. Broadway (300 South); Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. Broadway (300 South); Tower Theatre, 876 E. 900 South

Sundance Resort venue: North Fork, Provo Canyon

Ogden venue: Peery's Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd.

Film Finder: Sundance films do not carry traditional MPAA ratings with disclosures about the type of content a film includes. Sundance does feature a "Film Guide" on its website, where films can be sorted by genre. One of the categories is "Family Friendly." For more information, visit www.sundance.org/festivalSundance in Ogden

What to see

Families: "Project Nim," Jan. 22, 6:30 p.m., is a documentary by filmmaker James Marsh about Nim the chimpanzee, who learned to communicate using sign language through heavy experimentation of animal language acquisition.

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