Reality Bites, courtesy of Sundance Institute

The Egyptian has played host to just about every genre of film there is in its storied history at the Sundance Film Festival. Here are a few premiere highlights from over the years:

Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989) Steven Soderbergh’s career-launching film starring Andie MacDowell and James Spader.

Reservoir Dogs (1992) Quentin Tarantino’s breakout—and bloody—crime film starring an ensemble cast, including Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen and Steve Buscemi.

Clerks (1994) Kevin Smith sold much of his extensive comic book collection to fund the film, which cost just over $25,000 to shoot and was filmed at the convenience store where Smith worked.

Reality Bites (1994) Ben Stiller’s directorial debut, starring Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke, Janeane Garofalo and Steve Zahn about Generation X college grads navigating life and love.

The Blair Witch Project (1999) Filmgoers weren’t sure if this psychological horror flick filmed in the Maryland woods was a doc or faux.

Super Troopers (2001) The Broken Lizard comedy group’s spoof on police work in the fictional Vermont town of Spurbury.

Saw (2004) James Wan’s horror franchise about the morbid Jigsaw Killer has spawned six sequels and two video games.

Rock School (2005) The documentary about the Paul Green School of Rock Music features music by Billy Idol, Marky Ramone and Alice Cooper, all of whom are included on the soundtrack with Green’s students.

Once (2007) The Irish musical drama went on to win an Academy Award for Best Original Song and was adapted for the Broadway stage.

Frozen (2010) Filmed at Snowbasin Resort in the mountains near Ogden, the horror film focuses on three friends stranded on a ski lift, high above a pack a ravenous wolves.

Excision (2012) A comedic horror film about a demented and delusional high school student who dreams of becoming a doctor and goes to extremes to earn the approval of her controlling mother.


Photo by Sandria Miller

The 2013 Sundance Film Festival kicks off Jan. 17 and runs through Jan. 27. Though most of the glitz and glamour—if that’s your thing—happens along Park City’s Main Street the first weekend, the fest is considerably more mellow at screenings in Salt Lake City, Ogden and the Sundance Resort up Provo Canyon.

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