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Artist Doug Aitken's "The Source (evolving)," a site-specific series of filmed interviews about creativity with a variety of people (such as rocker Jack White, center), shown here at the Tate Liverpool. The work will have its U.S. debut at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, in a pavilion to be built near Park City's Main Street. Courtesy Sundance Institute
At Sundance, New Frontier will light up Main Street

Video art » Installations will move to Park City’s Old Main Street.

By Sean P. Means

| The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Dec 04 2013 07:13 pm • Last Updated Jan 13 2014 09:17 am

The 2014 Sundance Film Festival is taking its New Frontier program back to Main Street.

New Frontier, the festival’s collection of site-specific video and interactive art installations, is finding a new home this year — at the Gateway Center, on Heber Avenue just off of Old Main Street in historic Park City.

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Festival organizers today announced the New Frontier programs — along with the film slates for the Spotlight, Park City at Midnight and Sundance Kids programs.

New Frontier was housed the last two years at The Yard, off of Kearns Boulevard — a location that was spacious, but remote from the rest of the festival action, said festival director John Cooper.

"We’re learning how customers are using the space," said Cooper.

Two of the highlights of the New Frontier program won’t be in the Gateway Center, but will take art to the streets.

One exhibit, Doug Aitken’s "The Source (evolving)," will make its U.S. premiere in a custom-built standalone pavilion to be built in a parking lot across Swede Alley from the Gateway Center.

The work features conversations with artists and others about the source of creativity. The videotaped interviews are projected on screens inside the pavilion — and on the walls, which will be visible from the outside and should make an impressive light show at night. There also will be an accompanying smartphone app.

Cooper said Aitken’s work, which debuted at the Tate Liverpool in England, is "a fulfilling art piece with some great thinkers of our generation."

The other quite visible New Frontier work will be lighting up the festival’s oldest venue, the Egyptian Theatre.


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The display "What’s He Projecting in There?," by the video group Klip Collective, will use 3-D mapping to project images on the Egyptian’s facade. The images will be from movies that have played during the 30 years that the Sundance Institute has been running the festival — including such classics as "Reservoir Dogs," "Clerks," "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Beasts of the Southern Wild."

Sundance organizers will announce the star-studded Premieres and Documentary Premieres programs on Monday, and the short-film slate on Tuesday. Sundance on Wednesday announced 67 films for the festival’s four competition categories, for Dramatic and Documentary films both from U.S. filmmakers and in World Cinema, as well as the micro-budgeted Next program.

The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs Jan. 16-26 in Park City, and at venues in Salt Lake City, Ogden and the Sundance resort in Provo Canyon.

Here are the Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, Sundance Kids and New Frontier programs, announced Thursday:

Spotlight

"Blue Ruin" (Director/screenwriter: Jeremy Saulnier; U.S.) » A beach bum (Macon Blair) returns to his childhood home for an act of vengeance — and ending up in a fight to protect his estranged family.

"The Double" (Director: Richard Ayoade; Screenwriter: Avi Korine; U.K.) » Simon (Jesse Eisenberg) is a timid man whose work life is upended by the arrival of a new coworker, James, who is Simon’s physical double and psychological opposite. The cast includes Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, Noah Taylor, Cathy Moriarty and James Fox. Ayoade, star of the British sitcom "The IT Crowd," previously directed "Submarine" (SFF ‘11).

"Ida" (Director: Pawel Pawlikowski; Screenwriters: Pawel Pawlikowski, Rebecca Lenkiewicz; Poland) » In 1960s Poland, young novitiate Anna is about to take her vows as a nun when she learns of a dark family secret dating back to the Nazi occupation.

"Locke" (Director/screenwriter: Steven Knight; U.K.) » Tom Hardy (Bane in "The Dark Knight Rises") stars in this minimalist thriller, as a man whose life is imploding with every phone call he makes while driving.

"The Lunchbox" (Director and screenwriter: Ritesh Batra; India/France/Germany) » A lonely wife (Nimrat Kaur) makes a lunch for her absent husband, but the lunchbox is mistakenly sent to another man, a grieving widower (Irrfan Khan). What follows is a romantic story that unfolds through notes delivered with the lunchbox.

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