The Sundance Film Festival is the premier showcase for American and international independent film. Held each January in and around Park City, Utah, the Festival is a core program of Sundance Institute, a nonprofit cultural organization founded by Robert Redford in 1981. This year's festival takes place between January 19-29. Presenting 120 dramatic and documentary feature-length films in nine distinct categories, and 80 short films each year, the Sundance Film Festival has introduced American audiences to some of the most innovative films of the past two decades, including sex, lies, and videotape, Clerks, Smoke Signals, In the Bedroom, American Splendor, Napoleon Dynamite, Born into Brothels, and Me and You and Everyone We Know.
The 2006 Festival includes - in the Spectrum category - the world premiere of "Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out" by Stewart Copeland. The documentary is compiled from the drummer's personal Super 8 footage and gives an intimate look at what it was like to be a member of the '80s rock band the Police, from CBGB's to Shea Stadium.
The Spectrum category is a new out-of-competition category incorporates the categories previously known as American Spectrum and Special Screenings, and has expanded to include international dramatic and documentary films. These changes allow for each of the six out-of-competition categories to present international films.
Be sure to check the Festival's Film Schedule during December for details of screenings.