The Mercury News

Sundance goes on the road

- — Randy Myers, Bay City News Foundation

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

Theater.

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.

 ?? SUNDANCE INSTITUTE ?? Peter Nicks’ Oakland-based documentar­y, “Homeroom,” will debut as part of the virtual Sundance Film Festival.
SUNDANCE INSTITUTE Peter Nicks’ Oakland-based documentar­y, “Homeroom,” will debut as part of the virtual Sundance Film Festival.

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