Utah Valley Must-Dos for January and February 2020

By Jayna Smith Don’t miss these six must-dos throughout the months of January and February. Howdy Cowboy January 4 – February 8 Suddenly rich, wild-west cowboy Tom falls in love. The half-wit is smitten and doesn’t realize she’s only after his money. In this comedy, will Tom figure out she’s after his money before it’s […]

Weekend best bets: 5 Utah Valley weekend events

New year, new events. As you work on those New Year’s resolutions, make sure you schedule some time for these Utah Valley events. Sundance Film Festival For a few weeks each year, Utah turns into a miniature Hollywood with the annual Sundance Film Festival. With films such as “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” about TV personality […]

Sundance documentary highlights Imagine Dragons singer’s mission to protect LDS LGBTQ teens

How do you stop rising suicide rates among Latter-day Saint lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth? For Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds, the answers are love and listening. Reynolds’ crusade is the focus of “Believer,” a Live Nation Productions documentary released at Sundance Film Festival this week. “Believer” follows Reynolds as he wrestles […]

Sundance Film Festival volunteers find sense of community with their service

All it took was one film screening for Trish Hopkinson to fall in love. Back in 2007, friend JoAnn Jarrett invited Hopkinson, a Provo native and local poet, to a Sundance Film Festival screening of indie comedy-drama “Delirious” in Salt Lake City. For a film lover like Hopkinson, the invite was a no-brainer — but […]

Sundance screenings give students a glimpse of cinema careers

[pullquote] Free Film Day for Locals Utah locals can see the audience favorites from this year’s Sundance Film Festival through free Best of Fest screenings Monday, Feb. 1. Filmgoers need to prove Utah residency via driver’s license or state ID card. For showtimes, locations, and details on getting waitlist tickets, visit sundance.org. [/pullquote] For many […]

Weekend best bets (Jan. 22–24)

By Hunter Lock Are you stumped trying to find the perfect activity for you or your family this weekend? Look no further, because this weekend Utah Valley has a lot to offer in exciting and memorable activities for all ages. Here are our picks for the five must-attend events this Weekend: OFF THE MAP: LEO Y2D PRODUCTION […]

How to capitalize on the Sundance Film Festival as a local

Lights, cameras and action — Utah has all these and more as Sundance Film Festival takes over Park City and select venues in Provo Canyon, Salt Lake City and Ogden now through Sunday, Jan. 31. Looking for a way to get in on the action? There are plenty of ways for Utah locals to watch […]

Provo residents will vote on RAP tax in 2015 elections

Provo residents will vote in November on a new sales tax — 1 cent for every $10 spent — to fund recreation, arts and parks projects. The Provo city council voted 5-0 (Councilman Kay Van Buren and Councilwoman Calli Hales abstained) to put the tax on the Nov. 3 ballot. A survey of registered voters […]

Peculiar, indeed: Being Mormon at the Sundance Film Festival

“You’re Mormon? You don’t look Mormon. How Mormon are you?” The Sundance volunteer’s question caught me off guard. As a native Los Angelena, I’m most comfortable being the rare Latter-day Saint among “Gentiles,” and I’m never one to hide my beliefs under a proverbial bushel. Even if my style helped me blend into the crowd […]

Sundance film ‘Don Verdean’ pokes fun at faith and fraud

BYU alumni Jared and Jerusha Hess returned to Sundance Film Festival’s center stage Wednesday with the premiere of “Don Verdean,” a film that’s every bit as outrageous as one would expect from the husband-and-wife creative team whose debut film, “Napoleon Dynamite,” stole the show at Sundance in 2004. “Don Verdean” takes a humorous look at […]

BYU linebacker Harvey Langi featured in Sundance documentary

BYU linebacker Harvey Langi is one of four Utah Polynesian football players featured in the 2015 Sundance Film Festival movie titled “In Football We Trust.” Devoted BYU fans are familiar with the story of the 6-foot-2, 240 pound sophomore’s recruitment. Langi was a four-star recruit out of Bingham High School with offers from many of the […]

7 reasons to attend the first annual Pocket Film Fest 

  Old or young, it seems everybody is spending a lot of time on his or her smartphone. That’s no surprise. A new smartphone today is far more powerful than a desktop computer of just a few years ago. For nearly any task, there’s an app for that. The screens are beautiful, sharp and bright. Phone storage capacity seems bottomless. […]

Weekend best bets (Jan. 24-26)

It’s the weekend at last. Don’t get caught stuck on the couch when there are so many activities happening around Utah Valley. Here are five events sure to liven up your weekend: 1. Run 4 Philippines Are your marks, get set, run for the Philippines! After Typhoon Haiyan destroyed many homes in the Philippines, Run […]

A local’s guide to the Sundance Film Festival

Every January people travel from all over the world to attend the Sundance Film Festival, where they can watch interesting films, spot celebrities and enjoy the snowy mountain atmosphere. The festival does its best to make the out-of-towners feel at home here, but festival organizers make sure they don’t neglect the locals who make Utah […]

Weekend best bets (Jan. 17-20)

It’s the weekend at last. Don’t get caught stuck on the couch when there are so many activities happening around Utah Valley. Here are five events sure to liven up your weekend: 1. Sundance Film Festival It’s not the red carpet, but for the hundreds of independent filmmakers the Sundance Film Festival might as well […]

The UV bucket list: Conquering Utah Valley’s 10 must-dos

To-do lists bring to mind chores, work and errands. Whereas, a bucket list is a fun list to complete. We’ve combed through all of Utah County to find the most popular activities from Alpine to Woodland Hills. Whether you are a day-tripper or a lifetime local, these 10 hotspots are a must.    

The Big Picture

utahvalley360.com The Sundance Film Festival is cool if you like reporters from Access Hollywood and actors who pretend to hate the paparazzi. But if you love film and want to support the local industry, the LDS Film Festival is the ticket. For the ninth year, the January festival will celebrate moving stories told with moving […]