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Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 23:00

Canyons Extends Summer Film Series with Two Additional Sundance Film Festival Official Selections

PARK CITY, UTAH (For Immediate Release) " Responding to the popularity of the first three Sundance Institute Summer Series films, Canyons Resort today announced that it will add two free Thursday night film screenings in August " Napoleon Dynamite (2004 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection) and 500 Days of Summer (2009 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection).

Napoleon Dynamite will screen on Thursday, August 9, while 500 Days of Summer will screen on Thursday, August 23. Both screenings take place under the stars in the Resort Village at 9:00pm. Picnics, blankets and chairs are welcome. The Farm, The Umbrella Bar and Drift will be open, with other fun movie items such as ice cream and popcorn also available.

The Canyons Resort Summer Series, programmed by Sundance Institute offers a great way to see the depth of support Sundance Institute gives to its artists. Nonprofit Sundance Institute has a strong history of service as a cultural catalyst by bringing films and artists to Utah.

"¢Napoleon Dynamite, directed by Jared Hess. Napoleon Dynamite's his name "¦ don't wear it out. From the rural town of Preston, Idaho, comes one of the most memorable screen characters in recent memory. With a tight red 'fro, some sweet moon boots, and illegal government ninja moves, he is a new kind of hero. His family consists of fragile brother Kip, who's seeking his soul mate in online chat rooms; Uncle Rico, who is stuck in his "glory" days of high school football; and Grandma, who enjoys going out to the dunes on her quad-runner. Napoleon spends his days drawing magical beasts, working on his computer hacking skills to impress the chicks, and begrudgingly feeding his grandma's pet llama, "Tina." When his friend Pedro decides to run for class president, they must rely on their knowledge of cows, piñatas, and a surprise special talent if they are to defeat the stuck-up Summer Wheatley.

"¢500 Days of Summer, directed by Marc Webb. The freshness of Marc Webb's love-me/love-me-not story is epitomized by its perfectly framed tag lines"¦Boy meets Girl"”Boy falls in love"”Girl doesn't. What else can you say about a postmodern love story? Not only is this delightfully surprising dissection of a romance structured so that it catches us continually off guard, but the classic tale of love unrequited is turned as topsy-turvy as a Shakespearian farce. Directed with verve, pace, and confidence by first-time filmmaker Webb and replete with Los Angeles settings that are distinctive and interesting, 500 Days of Summer never descends into ordinary romance. The film features two dynamic performances from Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel.

Sundance Institute Summer Series (all films screen at 9:00 p.m.)
June 21 Under African Skies (2012 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection)
July 12 - CSNY Déjà vu (2008)
July 26 - Filly Brown (2012)

Canyons Resort Summer Series, programmed by Sundance Institute
(all films screen at 9:00 p.m.)

August 9 - Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
August 23 - (500) Days of Summer (2009)

About Canyons Resort
Canyons Resort, a Talisker mountain destination in Park City, Utah, is the fourth-largest ski resort in North America with 182 trails across nine mountains, also making it Utah's largest and most dynamic ski and snowboard resort. Five world-class hotels at Canyons range from the luxurious Waldorf Astoria Park City to the Grand Summit Hotel. Additionally, Canyons Resort offers more than 15 dining venues including a new collection of outlets that range from upscale food carts to The Farm, a fine dining restaurant with seasonal cuisine sourced within 200 miles of Park City. The resort is home to the Orange Bubble Express, which is North America's most technologically advanced and first heated chair lift; a lively gathering area at the base of the mountain named Ski Beach; a fast-paced zip line circuit; and 300 acres of new terrain at Iron Mountain. Salt Lake City International Airport is just 35 minutes away and provides convenient access from anywhere in the world. For a taste of the new and exciting Canyons, visit www.CanyonsResort.com.

Media Contacts:
Canyons Resort & Talisker Mountain Incorporated
Steve Pastorino, Director of Public Relations
(435) 615-3308; spastorino@taliskermountain.com