Guide to Sundance Film Festival 2017: Where to Stay, What to See

Sundance Institute has announced its full lineup for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Here are our top picks for what to see, where to stay, and enjoying this year’s festival.


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Whether you’re a film buff, “star gazer” or powderhound reveling in the short lift lines and empty slopes that the Sundance Film Festival provides, the last week of January is an exciting time to be in Park City. Here are some of our favorite films in this year’s lineup, along with Park City lodging recommendations and a few must-try activities while you’re in town.

WHERE TO STAY 

Last Chair

Last Chair – Main Street Collection

Walk to the box office, Egyptian Theatre, event venues and restaurants on Main Street from these luxury Old Town homes, located the heart of Park City: 

Main + Mountain –  Torn between easy access to skiing or film-going? Located just steps from the Town Lift, this 3-bedroom condo lets you have it all. 

Little Empire – This quiet 3-bedroom home is an ideal retreat for skiers and film enthusiasts alike, located less than a mile from Main Street and the base of Park City Mountain. Resorts West’s complimentary shuttle service, based on availability, makes accessing the slopes and film activity even easier.   

Last Chair at Park City – Enjoy the quieter side of the Festival at this 4-bedroom home, available on Jan. 24. 

Rossi Hill – An ideal retreat 5 blocks from Main Street, this 3-bedroom home offers easy access to Main Street and Deer Valley Resort. 

If skipping lift lines excites you more than skipping film lines, these slope-side homes give you out-the-door access to some of Park City’s best terrain: 

Cloud 90 at Canyons Village

Cloud 90 at Canyons Village

Sky Ridge Retreat – 7-bedroom home  at Deer Valley Resort (Available 1/21)

Gandhara – 6-bedroom home at Deer Valley Resort (Available 1/19 -1/24)

Cloud 90 Home – 6-bedroom home at Park City Mountain (Additional Approval Required)

Laughing Ranch – 5-bedroom home at Deer Valley Resort 


 WHAT TO SEE:  

See the full Sundance Film Festival lineup

Sundance Film Festival - Rebel in the Rye

Sundance Film Festival – Rebel in the Rye

Rebel in the Rye / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Danny Strong) — This portrait of the life and mind of reclusive author J.D. Salinger goes from the bloody front lines of World War II to his early rejections and the PTSD-fueled writer’s block that led to his iconic novel, The Catcher in the Rye. Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Kevin Spacey, Sarah Paulson, Zoey Deutch, Hope Davis, Victor Garber. World Premiere

Walking Out / U.S.A. (Directors and screenwriters: Alex Smith, Andrew Smith) — A father and son struggle to connect on any level until a brutal encounter with a predator in the heart of the wilderness leaves them both seriously injured. If they are to survive, the boy must carry his father to safety. Cast: Matt Bomer, Josh Wiggins, Bill Pullman, Alex Neustaedter, Lily Gladstone. World Premiere

The Yellow Birds / U.S.A. (Director: Alexandre Moors, Screenwriter: David Lowery) — Two young men enlist in the army and are deployed to fight in the Gulf War. After an unthinkable tragedy, the surviving soldier struggles to balance his promise of silence with the truth and a mourning mother’s search for peace. Cast: Tye Sheridan, Jack Huston, Alden Ehrenreich, Jason Patric, Toni Collette, Jennifer Aniston. World Premiere

City of Ghosts / U.S.A. (Director: Matthew Heineman) — With unprecedented access, this documentary follows the extraordinary journey of “Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently”—a group of anonymous citizen journalists who banded together after their homeland was overtaken by ISIS—as they risk their lives to stand up against one of the greatest evils in the world today. World Premiere

ICARUS / U.S.A. (Director: Bryan Fogel) — When Bryan Fogel sets out to uncover the truth about doping in sports, a chance meeting with a Russian scientist transforms his story from a personal experiment into a geopolitical thriller involving dirty urine, unexplained death and Olympic Gold—exposing the biggest scandal in sports history. World Premiere

Don’t Swallow My Heart, Alligator Girl! / Brazil, Netherlands, France, Paraguay (Director and screenwriter: Felipe Bragança) — In this fable about love and memories, Joca is a 13-year-old Brazilian boy in love with an indigenous Paraguayan girl. To conquer her love, he must face the violent region’s war-torn past and the secrets of his elder brother, Fernando, a motorcycle cowboy. Cast: Cauã Reymond, Eduardo Macedo, Adeli Gonzales, Zahy Guajajara, Claudia Assunção, Ney Matogrosso. World Premiere

Pop Aye / Singapore, Thailand (Director and screenwriter: Kirsten Tan) — On a chance encounter, a disenchanted architect bumps into his long-lost elephant on the streets of Bangkok. Excited, he takes his elephant on a journey across Thailand in search of the farm where they grew up together. Cast: Thaneth Warakulnukroh, Penpak Sirikul, Bong. World Premiere.


Need help getting tickets or finding the best place to stay? Give us a call at 1-877-773-1117 or e-mail reservations@resortswest.com . 


MUST-TRY ACTIVITIES 

Whether it’s your first Sundance Film Festival or your 25th, if you haven’t added these activities to your Park City bucket list, make them part of this year’s itinerary!

  • See a film from the wait list. Here’s how.
  • Buy an official Festival credential to enjoy the ASCAP Music Cafe, the Filmmaker Lodge and New Frontier. Here’s how
  • See photos from decades of Park City celebrity appearances at Adolph’s Swiss Restaurant.
  • Make dinner in your gourmet kitchen, and watch an old film in your private theater. (Ask us about Resorts West homes with theaters.)
  • Visit Sundance Resort for a day. (You’ll find it all: skiing, Festival events and screenings.)

Resorts West is a full-service ski accommodations manager representing the finest properties at Deer Valley Resort and Park City Mountain Resort, ranging from 2-bedroom lodge condos to 8-bedroom private chalets. All parties receive Resorts West’s signature Private Concierge service, daily maid service, and complimentary shuttle service throughout Park City proper. Call us at 1-877-773-1117 or e-mail reservations@resortswest.com to start planning your next family vacation!