You don’t need to choose between enjoying a warm summer night outside or watching a great movie. Sundance Institute is hosting its 20th annual Summer Film Series July through August, where you’ll be able to bring a picnic dinner, catch a summer night sky, and watch a Sundance film.

Sundance Institute will screen seven to eight films at Park City’s City Park and Salt Lake City’s Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre, complimentary to the public. Th e movies begin at dusk, typically around 9 p.m.

“It’s like an extension of the Sundance Film Festival, for those of us addicted to it,” Cheryl Soshnik, a Park City resident and volunteer with Sundance Institute says.

The summer series began at Sundance Resort with screenings of musicals, and expanded into a community-wide event in Park City and Salt Lake City, now with over 5,000 attendees throughout the series.

While you’re snacking on your baked brie and cozying up with a warm blanket, you’ll feel the sense of community and relaxed atmosphere. “Th ere is nothing better than watching a fi lm under a beautiful Utah night sky. With so many different ways to watch films, it’s great to off er a free opportunity for people to come together for a shared experience,” Kara Cody, assistant director of Utah community & government relations at Sundance Institute says.

The films this year will be a mix of audience and staff picks from recent and past Sundance festivals. To find out more and vote towards future movie screenings, Cody suggests joining their email distribution list. www. sundance.org/festivals/utah-community

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