Sundance in Nashville: Film festival picks Belcourt as a ‘Satellite Screen’

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Sundance in Nashville: Film festival picks Belcourt as a ‘Satellite Screen’


The nation’s premier independent film festival is about to be in our backyard — or more accurately, our parking lot.

The Sundance Film Festival, typically held every January in Utah, is going virtual this year due to the pandemic. On the bright side, it’s recruiting independent theaters across the country to serve as “Satellite Screens,” and that includes Nashville’s Belcourt Theatre. 

The Belcourt will present the world premiere of more than a half-dozen Sundance films from January 28 to February 1. The theater is bringing back its “Belcourt Drive-In” set up for the occasion, and will screen all films in its parking lot.

The Belcourt says it will make “some adjustments to our concessions and restroom protocols for health and safety — and so that our staff won’t need to be outdoors for multiple hours.”

“It’ll be chilly, of course — as it’s been at the pre-pandemic Sundance Film Festival in Utah,” a message on the theater’s website reads. “So, we’ll encourage audiences to dress warmly — and it’ll be a-ok to keep your car running and heater on.”

Tickets go on sale to Belcourt members at 10 a.m. Wednesday, and to the general public at 10 a.m. Thursday. 

Films to be screened include “How It Ends,” “The Most Beautiful Boy in the World,” “Mass,” “Bring Your Own Brigade,” “Jockey,” “The Blazing World,” “Together Together” and “Judas and the Black Messiah.” Learn more at www.belcourt.org.

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