Be A Part of Sundance Without Going to Park City with ‘The Climb’

You don’t have to get a plane ticket and a hotel to join in the Sundance fun (like our own Travis Hopson), you can do it right from your local theater! The Climb will be screening this Sunday night at 8:30 PM and will be accompanied by a live-streamed intro and Q&A from the premier at Sundance!

If you’re in the DC Metro Area you can catch this awesome event at either:

Cinema Arts, Fairfax (9650 Main St, Fairfax, VA 22031)


Bow Tie Harbour Center 9, Annapolis (2474 Solomons Island Rd, Annapolis, MD 21401)

Check out the official press release below for more info!


In A Sundance Film Festival First, Simulcast Film Q&A Will Screen Across 10 Theaters Nationwide on January 26, 2020

PARK CITY, UTAH — Sundance Institute​ today announced a first-of-its-kind collaboration with ​Sony Pictures Classics​ and ​Trafalgar Releasing​: on January 26, the Utah premiere of ​The Climb, screening in the Spotlight category of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, will be simulcast across ten cinemas across the U.S., with the following Q&A simulcast live from The Ray Theatre in Park City, enabling independent film fans in markets nationwide to participate in the buzz of Festival from afar.

The Climb, directed by ​Michael Angelo Covino​ and written by Covino and ​Kyle Marvin​,​ is based on Covino’s short film of the same name, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. The feature-length expansion is​ the story of Kyle and Mike, best friends who share a close bond—until Mike sleeps with Kyle’s fiancée. A portrait of a tumultuous but enduring relationship between two men across many years of laughter, heartbreak, and rage, ​The Climb ​ won the Coup de Coeur Prize after its premiere in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, and also screened at the Telluride Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival. More information on the film is available ​here​, and the film’s trailer is available​here​.

“We’re thrilled to co-create this innovative approach to amplify this remarkable film,” said ​John Cooper​, Director of the Sundance Film Festival. “We’ve followed ​The Climb ​ from as the filmmakers evolved it from Sundance short to Cannes premiere, and are excited to share the live excitement of a Sundance Film Festival screening with a broader audience, in real time.”

“This pilot program is one of many ways Sundance Institute is exploring new ideas to showcase bold, independent work beyond the traditional bounds of our Festival,” said ​Keri Putnam​, the Institute’s Executive Director. “Collaborations like this the underline Sundance’s mission of supporting independent artists and introducing audiences to new work as technology and culture evolve.”

“Going to Sundance to watch movies is a truly unique and special experience,” said Covino and Marvin. “We’re beyond excited that people around the country will be able to share in that experience without the altitude. We’re grateful that Sundance thought of us for this innovative approach to how a festival can be experienced.”

Sony Pictures Classics Co-Presidents ​Michael Barker​ and ​Tom Bernard​ said, “Sundance has always been at the forefront of introducing new cinema and artists to audiences, and we are excited for this unique partnership to share ​The Climb​ and the festival experience live with fans across the country. Michael Angelo Covino’s journey with ​The Climb ​ began as a short at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and it feels natural to come full circle with this special event in Park City.”

Kymberli Frueh​, SVP Programming and Acquisitions for Trafalgar Releasing has added: “Trafalgar Releasing is delighted to collaborate with Sundance Institute and Sony Pictures Classics on this Sundance Film Festival first, presenting ​The Climb ​ and live Q&A to audiences in select cinemas across the U.S. allowing more people than ever to experience this iconic festival.”

The participating theatres are ​Bow Tie Cinemas Harbour 9 ​(Annapolis, Maryland), ​Cedar Lee Theatre (Cleveland Heights, Ohio), ​Cinema Arts Theatre​ (Fairfax, Virginia), ​Harkins Theatres Tempe Marketplace 16 (Tempe, Arizona), ​Landmark’s​​Kendall Square Cinema ​(Cambridge, Massachusetts), ​Landmark’s Keystone Art Cinema​ (Indianapolis, Indiana), ​Landmark’s Lagoon Cinema ​(Minneapolis, Minnesota), ​Landmark’s Ritz Five​ (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), ​Prado Stadium 12​ (Bonita Springs, Florida) and ​Sun-Ray Cinema (Jacksonville, Florida).

Tickets are on sale now HERE​. Sony Pictures Classics will release ​The Climb ​ in Los Angeles and New York on March 20, 2020, followed by a national roll out.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.


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