I wrote a preview story for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival:
Over the next 10 days, tens of thousands of people will escape the cold inside the movie theaters of Park City, Salt Lake City and the Sundance Mountain Resort -- including some venues dressed up as theaters especially for the occasion -- at the Sundance Film Festival, which kicks off Thursday.
This year, approximately 200 feature-length and short films were selected to play at the festival from 13,782 total submissions coming from 147 countries.
Nobody knows which films this year, if any, might go on to make a significant stamp on the cinematic culture after first playing at Sundance -- like "Get Out" did last year, or "Napoleon Dynamite" did in 2004 -- but Salt Lake City resident Ben Wagner placed his bet on four movies by purchasing tickets for them and hoping for the best.
"The years that I've gone, I've almost always ended up seeing something that I really loved that ended up being heavily talked about at the end of the year," Wagner said. "A few years ago I remember I saw 'The Witch' at Sundance, which is one of my favorite movies of that year -- that didn't come out (in wide release) here until like 14 months later. So I spent 14 months telling everyone I knew how great it was before anyone could actually see it."