Sundance Film Festival

Monday, Feb 1, 2021

Various Venues in Key West
Key West, FL 33040

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Sundance Film Festival is bringing the 2021 Festival to audiences in select cities across the country through Sundance Satellite Screens-and the Tropic is thrilled to be hosting a Sundance Satellite on our island!

The seven-day Festival, held January 28 through February 3, will feature both digital and in-person screenings, using a custom-designed online platform as well as drive-ins, independent art-houses, and a network of local community partnerships in select cities. These partnerships allow the Festival to expand beyond its Utah home and bring feature films and customized local programming-talks, events, artist meet-ups-to communities across the country.

This includes Key West, where the Tropic will be creating and hosting Satellite Screen events centered on selections from the 2021 Sundance Film Festival program-meaning you will be among the first in the world to see the exciting lineup of Sundance films as they make their World Premiere! We’ll be hosting screenings inside the Tropic, as well as outdoors at a variety of venues around the island.

Acclaimed filmmaker Natalia Almada captures the ruthless locomotion of technology. Her camera flies with ferocious speed alongside jet streams, trains, trucks, and underwater cables that carry data at the speed of light. But just as her lens documents the power of frenetic human invention, so does it dive into technology’s greatest existential competitor: rising oceans, crackling fires, scorched mountain tops—a planet at war with so-called societal progress. In the center of this storm, Almada’s young son stares unquestioningly into his computer screen and is rocked to sleep by a seamlessly paced electronic crib. He’s soothed by forces outside of Almada’s-or, for that matter, any parent’s-influence.

With transcendent camerawork that peers into the internal organs of a technologically dependent planet, Users both marvels at and fears for a world in which a child is not only at risk from a warming Earth but comes to trust a perfectly constructed artificial caretaker over his own biological mother.

Life in a Day 2020
Ten years after the 2011 Sundance Film Festival premiere of Life in a Day, award-winning director Kevin Macdonald returns to Sundance to present the story of another day on Earth: July 25, 2020. Following the concept of the original, Life in a Day 2020 is an extremely ambitious crowdsourced documentary, this one compiled from 15,000 hours of footage submitted from 192 countries and made in collaboration with YouTube and Ridley Scott’s RSA Films.

Social interaction was a tricky thing in 2020. In-person experiences were deemed unsafe, so we had to find new ways to gather and to stay connected. And this is exactly what Life in a Day 2020, an extraordinary collective effort, does: It unites individuals from around the world and creates a feeling of connectivity, a sense of belonging. Macdonald masterfully combines seemingly unrelated snapshots into beautiful stories-stories of love, loss, struggle, parenthood, and everything in between. It’s a very special “action” movie, a reminder that there’s real beauty in our everyday lives, even though it might not always seem that way.

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