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Dear friends and family,

It's Sundance time. Whether you're snuggled up in the comfort of your own home, live streaming the Cinema Café Panels and other live stream conversations (most days beginning at 11:30am - full schedule here: https://screencraft.org/2016/01/09/2016-sundance-film-festival-live-stream-conversations/), or braving it up to Park City for the buzz in person, here is our scoop on a few things to see and do. (A few of our picks are in SLC, too.)

~ The CATALYST staff

Event picks for
January 21-28, 2016
How To Let Go of the World (and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change) 

Oscar® nominated director Josh Fox continues in his deeply personal style, investigating climate change ~ the greatest threat our world has ever known.  Traveling to 12 countries on six continents, the film acknowledges that it may be too late to stop some of the worst consequences and asks, "What is it that climate change can't destroy?  What is so deep within us that no calamity can take it away?"
Jan. 23 - 5:45p - Temple Theater, PC
Jan. 24, 8:30a - Egyptian Theatre, PC
Jan. 25, 3p - The Broadway, SLC
Jan. 28, 2:15p - The MARC, PC
Jan. 30, 2:15p, Prospector Square, PC

Million Dollar Duck - Slamdance  

Six competitive waterfowl painters battle to win the "Olympics of Wildlife Art," the Federal Duck Stamp contest ~ the only juried art competition run by the U.S. government. Immortalized in the Coen Brothers film, Fargo, the Federal Duck Stamp Contest is the Super Bowl of competitive duck-painting. Wildlife artists across the country paint ducks in the hope that their artwork will grace the following year's Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, commonly known as the "Duck Stamp." The stamp is used for hunting licenses and as an entrance pass to National Wildlife Refuges, where revenues have bought and protected over 5.3 million acres of wetland habitat. Although the federal government does not provide any prize money, the winning artists are able to generate lucrative deals from the publishing of the image, earning the stamp its nickname, "The Million Dollar Duck." 
World Premiere Screening: SUNDAY Jan. 24, 5:15 PM. Treasure Mountain Inn Ballroom (top of Main St)
The Wild Duck Chase book signing with author Martin J. Smith: Jan. 24 @ Dolly's bookstore

Embrace of the Serpent  

The ravages of colonialism cast a dark shadow over a South American landscape in EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT, the first film shot in the Amazonian rainforest in over 30 years. Filmed in black-and-white, it centers on Karamakate (portrayed in various stages by Nilbio Torres and Antonio Bolívar Salvado), an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and the two scientists (Evan and Theo, portrayed by Brionne Davis and Jan Bijvoet) who, over the course of 40 years, build a friendship with him. The film was inspired by the real-life journals of two explorers (Theodor Koch-Grünberg and Richard Evans Schultes) who traveled through the Colombian Amazon during the last century in search of the sacred and difficult-to-find psychedelic Yakruna plant.
Jan. 22, 7pm ~ Redstone Cinema 2, PC
Jan. 23, 11:15am ~ Prospector Square Theatre, Park City
Jan. 23, 11:59pm ~ Broadway Centre Cinema 6, SLC
Jan. 30, 3pm ~ SLC Library Theatre, SLC



A journalist (Director David Farrier) stumbles upon a mysterious tickling competition. As he delves deeper into the event, he comes up against fierce resistance, but that doesn't stop him and co-director Dylan Reeve from getting to the bottom of a story stranger than fiction.
Jan. 24, 9pm ~ Yarrow Hotel Theatre, PC (World Premiere)
Jan. 25, 7pm ~ Redstone Cinema 2, PC
Jan. 28, 9pm ~ Library Center Theatre, PC
Jan.  29, 11:59pm ~ Tower Theatre, SLC
Jan. 30, 11:30am ~ Holiday Village Cinema 1, PC
Multi-day events/lodges/lounges we recommend: 

(Check Sundance.org's Off Screen guide as well: http://www.sundance.org/festivals/sundance-film-festival/program#offscreen)

Kickstarter Green Room - 591 Main
Jan. 21-2611am-4pm: open to the public
Film Festival Panels, public hours, and Special Office hours for anyone interested in Kickstarter-funding their next film project. Nearly 100 Kickstarter-funded films have been to Sundance. Kickstarter takes over the site of Lund's Fine Art Gallery that last year was the sponsored Airbnb House.
For full schedule of panels: https://www.kickstarter.com/sff2016

SundanceTV HQ Coffee Bar  - 268 Main St.
11am-4pm; open to the public
Refreshments, coffee, refuge from the cold at the top of Main St. with various events.

Meet Aisholpan and the Golden Eagles - Kimball Art Center, 1401 Kearns Blvd
Friday and Saturday, Jan 22 & 23. Begins at noon.
The Eagle Huntress Mongolian Ger will be set up. Watch live eagle demonstrations & have your photo taken with one.

The Eagle Huntress Photography Exhibit - 444 Main St.
10am-8pm during the festival
See the captivating images that inspired the film.


Motopony at ASCAP Music Café - credentials may be required  
Monday, Jan. 25, 4pm & Tuesday, Jan. 26, 4pm
ASCAP Music Café - 751 Main St.

Since we became entranced by Seattle-based alt-psych band's sound and story at last year's Sundance, they've released a sophomore album Welcome Home You (eOne Music / Fast Plastic) and traveled to India to perform at NH-7 Weekender festival and a stop in the UK for a short tour and recording in Abbey Road studios with producer Rob Cass. Lead singer Daniel Blue's style is sure one to witness. "The group's music blends the spaciness of early Pink Floyd with Bowie-style glam and filters it all through a modern indie pop lens" ~  Entertainment Weekly

Meanwhile, back in Salt Lake City:

Thurs, Jan 21: The Paul Duane Show. 7:30p. Featuring Representative Kim Coleman. She will talk to us about her new "Tesla Bill," which is aimed at opening the doors of the new Tesla store.  Photo Collective Studios,  561 West 200 South. www.facebook.com/events/1652476885027042/

Fri, Jan 22: I Am Salt Lake LIVE. 8p. They will be recording a live podcast. Special guests Jay Whittaker, Cat Palmer, Richie T. Steadman. Club 50 West. $5. http://on.fb.me/1myQlQx

Sat, Jan 23: Salt City Big Top Aerial Circus Show. 6:30-8p (doors @ 6). Utah Flying Trapeze and Aeris Aerial Arts have teamed up for two flying trapeze acts and aerial acts including silks, lyra, Spanish, web, adagio and static trapeze. Performances by professional flyers and Darla Davis of Aeris Aerial, performer with Cirque USA, Transocean Circus and White Circus; as well as performances by students from both schools. $25/$20adv. 5662 Cougar Lane, Kearns. DarlaDavis.com, www.utahtrapeze.com

Sat, Jan 23: SLC White Party: Wonderland. 8p. 16th annual. Art, ice sculptures, performance, music, photo booth, cash bar and dance. Dress code: white, "Wonderland" themed, fantasy, Alice in wonderland. DJ Ebenflow, DJ Better Homes and Gardens. $25 adv./$40 day of. 21+.The Fallout, 625 S. 600 W. UtahArts.org 
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