The Mercury News
Sundance goes on the road
In a historic first, the Sundance Film Festival is coming to a Bay Area drive-in theater. And while most screenings are already sold out, know that additional tickets are expected to be released on Monday.
The prestigious independent film festival that usually draws throngs of celebrities, moviemakers, journalists and faux furs to Park City, Utah, has been forced to go virtual this year because of COVID-19. Instead, the festival is presenting films at drive-ins across the country, including Fort Mason Flix, the recently reopened drive-in at San Francisco’s Fort Mason complex. The screenings will benefit San Francisco’s beloved independent movie house, the Roxie
As always, the festival features Bay Area-fueled films, including Oakland filmmaker Peter Nicks’ third documentary in his Oakland cycle, “Homeroom,” as well as “Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It.” Both are vying for Sundance’s best U.S. documentary feature award. And “Try Harder!” focuses on the pressures facing students at one of San Francisco’s top-ranked public schools.
Details: The festival runs Jan. 28-Feb. 3; most screenings $49 per car; festival pass $350; tickets and more information at www.roxie.com, fortmason. org/event/flix, or tickets.festival.sundance.org.