Utah Film Center Newsletter (January 26)

Outpouring of local support prior to world premiere of Utah Film Center’s fiscally sponsored film STEP at 2017 Sundance Film Festival.


Community providing housing, meals, tubing, and more!

Amanda Lipitz’s film STEP, fiscally sponsored by Utah Film Center, premieres Saturday, January 21 at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival as part of the US Documentary Competition. Thirty-one  students/step dancers, coaches, proud parents, and chaperones are traveling from Baltimore to Park City, where they will be hosted by generous Park City residents.


In addition to Park City families providing free housing for the subjects of the film, local organizations, businesses, and Utah Film Center supporters have actively reached out to the film team to make them feel at home, while giving them an experience they will never forget. The film team and subjects are astonished by the generosity of Park City and Salt Lake City residents, and are offering step dancing lessons and participating in the “The Women’s March on Main.”


This is a great story about the kindness of our local communities, and how film can facilitate cultural exchange.

About the film
STEP directed by Amanda Lipitz /// The senior year of a girls’ high school step team in inner-city Baltimore is documented, as they try to become the first in their families to attend college. The girls strive to make their dancing a success against the backdrop of social unrest in their troubled city. World Premiere


To cover any of the events below please contact Courtney Ott at [email protected].


For questions about Utah Film Center’s Fiscal Sponsorship program please contact Josh Levey at [email protected] or 801-746-7000.

Photo/Video Opportunities

Thursday, January 19

10 PM /// PERFORMANCE at An Artist at the Table - Subjects of STEP will be performing at the Sundance Film Festival’s An Artist at the Table Event. Please contact Sundance’s press office if you would like to cover An Artist at the Table.


Saturday, January 21

Starts at 9 AM /// WOMEN’S MARCH ON MAIN - FIlm’s subjects will be participating in “Women’s March on Main.”

March begins at 220 Main Street (Wasatch Brew Pub parking lot), Park City, UT.


10:30 AM /// CLOTHING & STYLING SESSION - Local stylist and business owner of GMOVE, Ghazaleh Semnani, is providing activewear for the film’s subjects for a scholarship fundraiser for their school, The Baltimore Leadership Academy for Girls.

Susan Swartz Studios - 260 Main St, Park City, UT.


Sunday, January 22
11 AM /// BRUNCH hosted by Planned Parenthood - More details TBA


12:30 PM /// TUBING at Gorgoza Park - Kristi and John Cumming have donated 35 passes for the film’s subjects to go tubing. For many this will be their first time tubing/sledding.

Gorgoza Park - 3863 Kilby Rd, Park City, UT


3 PM /// DANCE CLASS and FUNDRAISER - Subjects from STEP will teaching a step dancing class and fundraising for The Baltimore Leadership Academy for Girls.

The Shed Clubhouse at Promontory - 8417 N Ranch Club Trail, Park City, UT

Utah Film Center

Utah Film Center inspires and engages diverse audiences to initiate conversation and community building through curated film exhibition, educational programs, and artist support. We continually strive to bring our community together through the powerful and efficient medium of film.


Supporting artists is at the core of our Fiscal Sponsorship program. Many foundations and large donors require grant applicants to be 501(c)(3) nonprofits, and often obtaining this status is time consuming, labor intensive, and cost prohibitive. Artists and filmmakers in need of funding can apply to our Fiscal Sponsorship program, and approved mission-aligned projects are eligible to use the Film Center’s nonprofit status, rather than establishing their own. The program allows Utah Film Center to support artists and projects worldwide and provides Utahns with free screenings of completed projects.


Utah Film Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and generously sponsored by the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts & Parks Program, and Zions Bank.



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