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(Arthur Mola  |  Associated Press file photo) The marquee of Park City's Egyptian Theatre on Jan. 28, 2020, marking the arrival of the Sundance Film Festival. The Sundance Institute announced Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, that the 2021 festival will mostly be online — with the possibility of events at 33 "satellite screens" nationwide, COVID-19 health protocols permitting.

Sundance Film Festival 2021 will mostly be online due to COVID-19, with maybe a few events in Park City

By Sean P. Means | December 3, 2020, 3:32 a.m.

(Melinda Sue Gordon  |  Photo courtesy of Netflix) Indiana high school students Emma Nolan (Jo Ellen Pellman, left) and Alyssa Greene (Ariana DeBose) get the prom of their dreams, in the movie musical "The Prom."

Review: ‘The Prom’ is an energetic high-school musical with laughs and heart

By Sean P. Means | December 3, 2020, 7:27 p.m.

(Photo courtesy of Slamdance Film Festival) Nathalie Doummar plays a woman who needs to get across a border, in the Canadian drama "No Trace (Nulle Trace)," which will be the opening film at the 2021 Slamdance Film Festival — which will run online from Feb. 12 to 25, 2021.

Slamdance announces slate for 2021 virtual film festival, skipping Park City because of COVID-19

By Sean P. Means | November 30, 2020, 5:09 p.m.

(Casey Welch  |  Photo courtesy of The 5 Browns) The Utah-raised piano quintet The 5 Browns — from left, Gregory, Desirae, Deondra, Melody and Ryan — will perform a livestreamed benefit concert from Utah Valley University's Noorda Center on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020.

Venues are closed, so Utah arts groups are streaming their holiday cheer

By Sean P. Means | November 30, 2020, 11:38 p.m.

(Photo courtesy of Purdie Distribution) John (Michael McLean, left) relates a story to Constance (Adrien Swenson), a nurse sent to care for the old man, in the movie version of McLean's "The Forgotten Carols."

Utah songwriter brings ‘Forgotten Carols’ to movie screens, after 29 years of live shows and rewrites

By Sean P. Means | November 20, 2020, 8:31 p.m.

(Photo courtesy of Amazon Studios) Kazakh journalist Borat Sagdiyev (Sacha Baron Cohen, left) finds being recognized makes his mission to America difficult, in the new satirical comedy, "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm."

Review: ‘Borat’ takes on Trump and COVID-19 with as much venom as the first film

By Sean P. Means | October 22, 2020, 5:42 p.m.

(Courtesy photo) James Redford — documentary filmmaker, environmental activist and son of Robert Redford — died Oct. 16, 2020, at the age of 58.

James Redford — filmmaker, activist and son of Robert Redford — dies at 58

By Sean P. Means | October 22, 2020, 5:57 p.m.

(Photo courtesy of Orion Classics) Sheriff Hadley (Robert Forster, center) leads his deputies, including Julia Robson (Riki Lindhome, left) and John Marshall (Jim Cummings, right) as they pursue a killer,  in the filmed-in-Utah horror thriller "The Wolf of Snow Hollow."

For director of ‘Wolf of Snow Hollow,’ filming a werewolf movie in Utah was like ‘winter summer camp’

By Sean P. Means | October 9, 2020, 2:47 p.m.

(Photo courtesy of Orion Classics) Sheriff Hadley (Robert Forster, left), along with deputies Julia Robson (Riki Lindhome, center) and John Marshall (Jim Cummings) look at a bloody murder scene, in the filmed-in-Utah horror thriller "The Wolf of Snow Hollow."

Review: Utah-made ‘Wolf of Snow Hollow’ mixes horror, comedy and drama to depict a lawman’s breakdown

By Sean P. Means | October 9, 2020, 2:48 p.m.

(Photo courtesy of Niko Tavernise/Netflix) Sacha Baron Cohen, left, plays Abbie Hoffman and Jeremy Strong plays Jerry Rubin in "The Trial of the Chicago 7," a courtroom drama following the prosecution of anti-war activists in 1969, directed and written by Aaron Sorkin.

Review: In ‘Trial of the Chicago 7,’ Aaron Sorkin uses history to speak passionately about today’s protests

By Sean P. Means | October 9, 2020, 9:55 p.m.

(Chris Pizzello  |  Invision/AP file photo) A festivalgoer walks past Sundance and Slamdance movie posters in Park City in 2017. Organizers of the Slamdance Film Festival announced that the 2021 event will skip Park City and go online, Feb. 12-25.

Slamdance Film Festival will skip Park City in 2021, with a two-week online version

By Sean P. Means | October 2, 2020, 8:55 p.m.

(Oscar Ignacio Jiminez  |  Courtesy of Sundance Institute) Clayne Crawford stars in "The Killing of Two Lovers," written and directed by Robert Machoian, and filmed in Kanosh, Utah — which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Machoian, who is a professor at Brigham Young University, will lead a free online workshop on regional filmmaking, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, through the Sundance Institute's Co//ab program.

Utah filmmaker will lead online Sundance Institute workshop on making movies outside Hollywood

By Sean P. Means | September 18, 2020, 9:13 p.m.

(Joel C. Ryan | Invision/AP) Actress Beatrice Schiaffino wears a mask as she arrives at the opening ceremony of the 77th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, on Sept. 2, 2020. This year, three of the four major fall film festivals, including Venice, are going forward despite the pandemic. Those in Venice acknowledge it hasn’t been anywhere near the same. Masked moviegoers in set-apart seats. A barrier walls off the red carpet to discourage crowds of onlookers. Greetings are kiss-less. A little bit of the romance of movies has gone out.

Digital and drive-in, film festivals try to salvage a season

By Jake Coyle | AP Film Writer | September 8, 2020, 10:47 p.m.

(Image courtesy of VidAngel) Provo-based VidAngel has reached a settlement to end a four-year legal case over the company violating the copyrights of Hollywood studios by streaming filtered versions of their movies into customers’ homes.

Utah company VidAngel dodges liquidation, settles with movie studios whose copyrights it violated

By Sean P. Means | September 4, 2020, 10:00 p.m.

(Jasin Boland  |  Courtesy of Disney) Yifei Liu stars in the title role of "Mulan," Disney's live-action adaptation of its 1998 animated film, both based on the Chinese legend.

Review: Live-action ‘Mulan’ is an epic adaptation with a warrior’s heart

By Sean P. Means | September 3, 2020, 6:33 p.m.

(Melinda Sue Gordon | Warner Bros. Entertainment)  The Protagonist, played by John David Washington, examines a bullet hole from a gunfight that hasn't happened yet in a scene from Christopher Nolan's thriller "Tenet."

Review: ‘Tenet’ is an exciting thriller, but avoid the trap of trying to make sense of it

By Sean P. Means | September 3, 2020, 6:43 p.m.

(Willy Sanjuan  |  Associated Press file photo) In this Jan. 27, 2019 file photo, Chadwick Boseman arrives at the 25th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in Los Angeles.  Boseman, who played Black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown before finding fame as the regal Black Panther in the Marvel cinematic universe, has died of cancer. His representative says Boseman died Friday, Aug. 28, 2020 in Los Angeles after a four-year battle with colon cancer. He was 43.

Chadwick Boseman’s death should prompt people to get screened for cancer, doctors say

By Sean P. Means | August 31, 2020, 10:01 p.m.

(Photo courtesy of Searchlight Pictures) Director Armando Iannucci, left, on the set of "The Personal History of David Copperfield," talking to actors Peter Capaldi, center, as Micawber, and Dev Patel as David Copperfield. The movie opens in U.S. theaters on Aug. 28, 2020.

With ‘David Copperfield,’ a director and star find the humor and modern voice of Charles Dickens

By Sean P. Means | August 27, 2020, 11:55 p.m.

(Dean Rogers  |  courtesy of Searchlight Pictures) Dev Patel plays the title hero of "The Personal History of David Copperfield," directed by Armando Iannucci. The movie is scheduled to open in many U.S. theaters on Friday, Aug. 28, 2020.

Review: A new ‘David Copperfield’ shows Dickens’ story is as timely as ever

By Sean P. Means | August 27, 2020, 6:45 p.m.

(Philippe Bernier  |  Courtesy of Sundance Institute) Emily Skeggs, left, and Kyle Gallner star in "Dinner in America," directed by Adam Rehmeier, an official selection of the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Sundance Institute will screen the film free to Utah residents, on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. Mountain time.

Sundance Institute to stream punk comedy ‘Dinner in America’ free to Utah residents

By Sean P. Means | August 28, 2020, 7:17 p.m.

(Photo courtesy of Solstice Studios) Russell Crowe plays a psychotic motorist in "Unhinged," which Solstice Studios is opening in theaters nationwide on Aug. 21 — the first major Hollywood release since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down theaters coast to coast.

Hollywood is ready for theaters to reopen. Are Utah moviegoers?

By Sean P. Means | August 22, 2020, 4:34 a.m.

(Image courtesy of Sundance Institute)

Sundance Institute gives grants to arts groups hit hardest by COVID-19 pandemic

By Sean P. Means | August 14, 2020, 7:49 p.m.

(Evan Agostini | AP file photo ) Actor Wilford Brimley attends the premiere of "Did You Hear About The Morgans" at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York in 2009. The veteran actor has died at the age of 85.

Robert Redford and others reminisce about Wilford Brimley, gruff actor and lifelong Utahn

By Sean P. Means | August 6, 2020, 7:08 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  Tribune file photo)  Snow falls on the Egyptian Theatre on Main Street during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Friday January 20, 2017.

Sundance Film Festival looking to trim to seven days for 2021, because of COVID-19

By Sean P. Means | August 3, 2020, 9:37 p.m.

(Evan Agostini | Invision/AP, file) In this June 12, 2016, file photo, Lin-Manuel Miranda and the cast of "Hamilton" perform at the Tony Awards in New York. A movie version of the musical is now streaming on Disney+.

‘Mormon Land’: How the LDS faith reveres America as the ‘Hamilton’ movie debuts and a nation debates the founders’ virtues and vices

By The Salt Lake Tribune | July 8, 2020, 9:06 p.m.

(Alex Gallivan | Special to the Tribune ) Tom Holland, who has played Peter Parker/Spider-Man in five Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, speaks at the FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.

FanX says it’s ‘looking bleak’ that the 2020 convention will happen, because of COVID-19

By Sean P. Means | July 4, 2020, 2:07 a.m.

(Al Hartmann  |  Tribune file photo) Keri Putnam, executive director of the Sundance Institute, speaking at the opening press conference for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival at Park City's Egyptian Theatre, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015.

Sundance Institute cutting 24 jobs, expects ‘much harder’ economic times in 2021

By Sean P. Means | July 2, 2020, 5:36 p.m.

(Photo courtesy Disney+) Lin-Manuel Miranda, left, and Phillipa Soo play Alexander Hamilton and his wife, Eliza, in the filmed version of the original Broadway production of "Hamilton," which starts streaming Friday, July 3, on Disney+.

Review: ‘Hamilton’ movie captures the revolutionary spirit of the stage version

By Sean P. Means | July 2, 2020, 5:28 p.m.

(Rick Egan | Tribune file photo) Tabitha Jackson, the director of the Sundance Film Festival, emcees at the Sundance bonfire community gathering in Park City on Jan. 30, 2020.

Sundance Film Festival’s director outlines 2021’s event: Screenings in Utah and beyond, and lots of films online

By Sean P. Means | July 2, 2020, 5:34 p.m.

(Daniel McFadden  |  Courtesy of Focus Features) Democratic strategist Gary Zimmer (Steve Carell, left) and his Republican rival, Faith Brewster (Rose Byrne), line up for dueling live appearances on CNN, in writer-director Jon Stewart's political comedy "Irresistible."

Review: In ‘Irresistible,’ Jon Stewart lectures on political money, but misses his moment

By Sean P. Means | June 25, 2020, 7:11 p.m.

(Evan Agostini/Invision | AP file photo) AMC Empire 25 theatre appears on 42nd Street in New York. The nation’s largest movie theater chain changed its position on mask-wearing less than a day after the company became a target on social media for saying it would defer to local governments on the issue. AMC Theaters CEO Adam Aron said Friday that its theaters will require patrons to wear masks upon reopening, which will begin in July.

AMC Theaters reverses course on masks after backlash

By Lindsey Bahr | AP Film Writer | June 19, 2020, 11:20 p.m.

(Photo courtesy of Utah Film Center) Krystal is one of the gay, transgender youth of color experiencing homelessness who are profiled in director Elegance Bratton's documentary "Pier Kids: The Life," which will screen in the Damn These Heels Queer Film Festival, online from July 10 to 19.

Documentaries about LGBTQ life in Utah among 18 films in Damn These Heels online film festival

By Sean P. Means | June 19, 2020, 8:43 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  Tribune file photo) The empty lobby at the Century 16 movie theater in South Salt Lake on Monday, March 30, 2020.

Cinemark to reopen 11 of its Utah theaters on July 3; Regal will reopen Taylorsville location on July 10

By Sean P. Means | June 18, 2020, 5:55 p.m.

(Noel West | The New York Times) Steve Martin and Chris Rock during the 92nd annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, Feb. 9, 2020.  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said on Monday, June 15, that it would push back the next Oscars ceremony to April 25 from Feb. 28, citing the coronavirus pandemic.

The 2021 Oscars will be delayed

By Brooks Barnes | The New York Times | June 15, 2020, 10:57 p.m.

(Photo courtesy of Megaplex Theatres) An employee at the Megaplex Jordan Commons theater in Sandy sanitizes a booster seat. The Utah-based theater chain has announced it will reopen 12 Utah locations on Thursday, June 18, 2020, three months after theaters were closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Utah’s Megaplex Theatres plan to reopen 12 multiplexes starting Thursday

By Sean P. Means | June 12, 2020, 11:33 p.m.

(Photo courtesy of Disney+) Ferdia Walsh stars as Artemis Fowl Jr., the 12-year-old genius at the heart of the fantasy adventure "Artemis Fowl," based on Eoin Colfer's book series.

Review: Disney’s ‘Artemis Fowl’ doesn’t fly as the next ‘Harry Potter’

By Sean P. Means | June 11, 2020, 6:11 p.m.

(Mary Cybulski  |  Universal Pictures) Pete Davidson stars in "The King of Staten Island," directed by Judd Apatow. The movie will debut on digital platforms June 12, 2020.

Review: Comedian Pete Davidson shows his heart in ‘The King of Staten Island’

By Sean P. Means | June 11, 2020, 6:16 p.m.

(Peter Kramer  |  AP file photo) In this June 29, 2009, file photo, Spike Lee attends a special 20th anniversary screening of his film "Do the Right Thing" in New York. The nationwide unrest following the death of George Floyd has again reminded many of the film. In an interview, he talks about the echoes of his film, what makes this moment different than protests before and his hopes for justice.

Spike Lee gives shoutout to Salt Lake City, finding hope in diversity of protesters nationwide

By Jake Coyle | The Associated Press | June 2, 2020, 10:02 p.m.

(HBO Max via AP) This image released by HBO Max shows Drew Dixon, a collaborator on hit records by Method Man and Mary J. Blige, Estelle and Kanye West, and Whitney Houston, in a scene from the documentary "On the Record."

#MeToo, phase 2: Documentary ‘On the Record’ explores heavy burden on women of color

By Jocelyn Noveck | AP National Writer | May 27, 2020, 6:23 p.m.

(Glen Wilson  |  Focus Features) Singing star Grace Davis (Tracee Ellis Ross, center) waves to her fans, walking ahead of her assistant, Maggie Sherwoode (Dakota Johnson, left), and her manager, Jack Robertson (Ice Cube), in a scene from the comedy-drama "The High Note."

Review: Tracee Ellis Ross shines in ‘The High Note,’ a warm-hearted story of musical passions

By Sean P. Means | May 25, 2020, 4:47 p.m.

(Photo courtesy of Brent Rowland) A woman (Meg Cabell) deals with life in self-isolation in "Fragments #1," directed by Brent Rowland, one of the short films in The Salt Lake Tribune's Quarantine Film Festival.

The Salt Lake Tribune’s Quarantine Film Festival: 29 films about isolation, hand-washing and having a laugh

By Sean P. Means | May 10, 2020, 12:00 p.m.

(Rick Egan | Tribune file photo) The entrance of the Redwood Drive-In in West Valley City Monday, Aug. 19, 2013.

Start the movie! Redwood Drive In is open, with COVID-19 safety precautions in place

By Sean P. Means | May 8, 2020, 4:01 a.m.

Taylor Swift takes selfies with fans outside the Eccles Theatre before the premiere of her film "Taylor Swift: Miss Americana." on the opening night of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, in Park City, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020.

Hollywood trade paper asks if Sundance festival was an early COVID-19 hotspot

By Sean P. Means | May 7, 2020, 1:54 a.m.

(Wally Santana | AP file photo) An old "start" frame of a film reel sits in a projector at the Chuan Mei Theater in Tainan, Taiwan.

Got a coronavirus story to tell? Enter The Salt Lake Tribune Quarantine Film Festival.

By Sean P. Means | April 24, 2020, 11:03 p.m.

(Rick Egan | Tribune file photo) The entrance of the Redwood Drive-In in West Valley City, seen in 2013. The Salt Lake County Health Department says that the theater's plan to reopen on Friday, April 24, 2020, would violate a public health order.

Redwood Drive-In’s reopening will wait, after Salt Lake County Health Department steps in

By Sean P. Means | April 24, 2020, 7:39 p.m.

International Wildlife Film Festival kicks off — virtually

By Laura Scheer | Missoulian via AP | April 20, 2020, 6:45 p.m.

(Photos courtesy of Sundance Institute (left, center); Rick Egan  |  Tribune file photo (right)) Three leaders of the Sundance Institute — executive director Keri Putnam (left); Michelle Satter (center), founding director of the Feature Film Program; and Sundance Film Festival director Tabitha Jackson (right) — have written a memo detailing an effort to give $1 million in grants to artists affected financially by the coronavirus pandemic.

Sundance Institute pledges $1 million to artists hurt economically by coronavirus pandemic

By Sean P. Means | April 17, 2020, 6:02 p.m.

(Image courtesy of DreamWorks Animation/Universal Pictures) Poppy, left (voiced by Anna Kendrick), and Branch (voiced by Justin Timberlake), in a scene from "Trolls World Tour." Most new movies that were headed to theaters have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. But this Universal Pictures release is heading straight to on-demand and digital rental beginning Friday, April 10, 2020.

Review: ‘Trolls World Tour’ is fun and forgettable — and just what we need right now

By Sean P. Means | April 10, 2020, 4:43 a.m.

(Photo courtesy of the Utah Film Center) The Tumbleweeds Film Festival is is now online.

Utah’s Tumbleweeds Film Festival is now offering films online for $6.99

By Scott D. Pierce | April 9, 2020, 10:55 p.m.

(Al Hartmann  |  Tribune file photo) Keri Putnam, left, executive director of the Sundance Institute, and the institute's founder, actor-filmmaker Robert Redford. Putnam announced on March 24, 2020, that the institute would cancel or postpone all live events through August 2020, and move many of them online, because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Sundance Institute moves filmmakers’ labs from Robert Redford’s resort to online, because of coronavirus

By Sean P. Means | March 26, 2020, 8:40 p.m.