Christina Ricci came to Provo, Utah, in 1992 and 1995 for the Sundance Institute Directors Labs. She is pictured reading a script alongside her mother, Sarah, in 1992 and alongside filmmaker Amanda Donahue in 1995 at the Sundance Resort. Ricci has since appeared in six Sundance Film Festival features, including Black Snake Moan, The Laramie Project, and Buffalo 66.

© 1992 | Photo by Sandria Miller for Sundance Institute, © 1995 | Photo by Sandria Miller for Sundance Institute


Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan, better known as Daniels, came to the Sundance Mountain Resort in 2014 to workshop their film, Swiss Army Man. The film later debuted at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival where it won the award for US Directing: Dramatic. Tomorrow, July 1st, two years after leaving the Directors Lab, the film will be nationally released to a theatre near you! Click here to watch the trailer. 

Film still courtesy of Swiss Army Man.  Daniels at the Directors Lab gif © 2014 Sundance Institute, © 2014 Sundance Institute | Photos by Ryan Johnson. © 2016 Kim Raff/WireImage, © 2016 Astrid Stawiarz/WireImage.

The artistic design theme for the upcoming 2017 Sundance Film Festival is “illumination.” Inspired by Pablo Picasso and Gjon Mili’s “light drawings,” the poster image was created through the use of long exposure photography at the Sundance Mountain Resort. The mountain crest forming the upper silhouette is Mt. Timpanogos, an iconic peak of Utah’s natural landscape.

Below you can see all of the official Sundance Film Festival posters from throughout the years, starting at 1985 (back when it was called the U.S. Film Festival). Do you have a favorite?


Today The Eagle Huntress is released to theaters nationwide! The film came to the Park City for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and premiered in the Sundance Kids program. Speaking of eagles, Robert Redford is pictured above with an eagle at the Sundance Mountain Resort in this archival gem. You can watch a trailer for The Eagle Huntress here.

For 2,000 years, the Kazakh people of the Altai region in western Mongolia have practiced a tradition of hunting with golden eagles, whose wingspan can reach up to 7.5 feet wide. Though this practice has traditionally been the domain of men, Aisholpan decides that she wants to become an apprentice hunter after spending her childhood helping her father, a renowned eagle hunter, care for his birds. Under the tutelage and support of her father and her grandfather—and very few others—Aisholpan learns all aspects of falconry, from taming her very own eagle to training for an annual competition, where she will compete against 70 eagle hunters on her quest to gain acceptance. —P.H.

© 1980 for Sundance Institute, © 2016 Matt Winkelmeyer/WireImage, 

In observance of National Pink Day we bring you Mr. Pink

Quentin Tarantino brought Steve Buscemi to the 1991 Directors Lab at the Sundance Mountain Resort in Provo Utah to workshop his first feature film, Reservoir Dogs. The iconic film later premiered at the 1992 Sundance Film Festival. 

© 1991 Sandria Miller for Sundance Institute 

Arthur Yorinks, Maurice Sendak, and Robert Redford pose with the wild things in 1987 at the Sundance Resort.

“Everyone is formed one way or another by what he or she experiences as a child. Too often, this segment of our society gets second-rate, leftover entertainment. We established Sundance Children’s Theater and asked Maurice and Arthur to run it because we believe kids are intelligent and deserve original, thought-proving entertainment.”

-Robert Redford, June 20 1988

Photo courtesy of Sundance Institute