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Sundance Film Festival 2023

Official Health & Wellness Sponsor of Sundance Film Festival 2023

University of Utah Health is proud to announce the seventh year of its partnership with Sundance Film Festival as the festival's Official Health & Wellness Sponsor.

This year, U of U Health will offer a series of initiatives for staff, volunteers, partners, and attendees alike. These include yoga sessions, massage therapists, panel discussions on mental health and accessible care, and screenings of short films and feature-length premieres. Full schedule below. 

Sundance Film Festival 2023 Schedule of Events

Friday January 20

10:00 am — Yoga @ Canada Goose Basecamp, 558 Main Street in Park City

10:00 am - 5:00 pm — Chair massages @ Festival Headquarters, 1895 Sidewinder Drive in Park City

2:00 pm — Yoga @ Festival Headquarters, 1895 Sidewinder Drive in Park City

Saturday January 21

10:00 am — Yoga @ Canada Goose Basecamp, 558 Main Street in Park City

10:00 am - 5:00 pm — Chair massages @ Festival Headquarters, 1895 Sidewinder Drive in Park City

12:00 pm — Coping with PTSD for Documentary Filmmakers panel at Canon Creative Studio, 528 Main Street in Park City
When covering intense documentary subjects, an often-overlooked aspect of the project is the toll that it takes on the filmmakers to work in these conditions. In this panel, Mark Rapaport, MD, chair of psychiatry and CEO of the Huntsman Mental Health Institute at University of Utah Health, will moderate a discussion with Matthew Heineman (Retrograde, Cartel Land, City of Ghosts), Jehane Noujaim (Control Room, The Square, The Great Hack), and an HMHI trauma expert on realities of vérité filmmaking and techniques for self-care.

2:00 pm — Yoga @ Festival Headquarters, 1895 Sidewinder Drive in Park City

Sunday January 22

10:00 am — Yoga @ Canada Goose Basecamp, 558 Main Street in Park City

10:00 am - 5:00 pm — Chair massages @ Festival Headquarters, 1895 Sidewinder Drive in Park City

2:00 pm — Yoga @ Festival Headquarters, 1895 Sidewinder Drive in Park City

Monday January 23

10:00 am — Yoga @ Canada Goose Basecamp, 558 Main Street in Park City

10:00 am - 5:00 pm — Chair massages @ Festival Headquarters, 1895 Sidewinder Drive in Park City

2:00 pm — Yoga @ Festival Headquarters, 1895 Sidewinder Drive in Park City

4:30 pm — The Language of Care premiere and panel discussion, Filmmaker Lodge, 550 Main Street in Park City

Wednesday January 25

6:30 pm — Community Screening, Broadway Centre Cinemas, 111 E. Broadway in Salt Lake City

Festival Wellness Tips

Welcome back to Utah for Sundance Film Festival 2023! We've got your festival wellness covered with the following tips.

 1. Identify three good things. As you begin and end your day, reflect on what went well and write down what you hope to achieve. This gratitude exercise helps counter our negativity bias, improving mood and well-being.

2. Savor a moment of awe. Experiencing wonder and amazement increases our sense of connection with one another, expands our perception of time, and causes us to feel more satisfied with life. Notice the beauty around you, look up at the mountains or stars, and relish moments that make you say “wow.”

3. Remember to connect. We are social creatures at heart, and Sundance Film Festival 2023 is all about celebrating and connecting in person. Check in with a friend, chat with a stranger, or practice a random act of kindness—then notice what happens to your own mood.

4. S.T.O.P. during the day. Small, intentional pauses throughout the day can help us reset and rejuvenate. Try to Stop, Take a breath, Observe thoughts and feelings, and Proceed with intention.

5. Pay attention to your posture. Poor posture can lead to back pain, headaches, and tension in your shoulders and neck. Try this 30-second exercise any time your body gets sore:
• Place your feet flat on the floor, point toes and knees forward
• Lift tall through the top of your head and line up ears above collarbone

6. Drink plenty of water. The combination of Utah’s high elevation, thin air, and low humidity are a recipe for dehydration. Try to fill and finish your water bottle at least four times each day.

7. Layer up. From frigid mornings to warm afternoons and slushy streets to well-heated theaters, you’ll experience plenty of temperature extremes during your time in Utah. Wear breathable layers you can take on and off when needed.

8. Reach out sooner than later. If you are struggling and need someone to talk to, call Huntsman Mental Health Institute’s warm line at 801-587-1055 or the crisis line by dialing 988. Or get help from University of Utah Health’s nine urgent care locations and virtual visits available at your convenience. You are never alone.

Mindfulness Exercises

To support festival staff, volunteers, filmmakers, and attendees during this online event, we've curated the following 10 mindfulness videos to boost well-being and help with stress management. You can also find yoga and nutrition videos for additional festival wellness.

Slow Down Racing Thoughts

How to Fight Burnout

Taking Authentic Action

Leaves on a Stream

Loving Kindness

Open Awareness

Self-Compassion

Awareness of Breath

Aimless Wandering

Gratitude

Sundance Film Festival 2022

New Narratives in Health: Meet Me Where I am

Adolphus at Clinic

On Friday, January 28, University of Utah Health premiered Meet Me Where I Am, a documentary short film directed by award-winning filmmakers Ross Kauffman, André Robert Lee, and Robin Honan.

The film (which you can stream below) follows Adolphus Nickleberry (pictured above, right, with Kay McMahon, PA-C) on his journey at U of U Health's Intensive Outpatient Clinic as he rewrites his story with help from compassionate providers. Overcoming the ripples of health disparities and racism that last generations while surviving the loss of his parents and a lifetime of substance abuse, Adolphus looks to the future, relishing time spent with his family. "That's the best love in the world," he says. "It's like a gift given back to me."

Following the premiere of Meet Me Where I Am, U of U Health convened a panel discussion with the filmmakers, Adolphus, and his care team to discuss how the IOC's innovative approach to population health helped Adolphus regain his health. 

The panel, which you can stream below, features moderator and executive producer Joe Borgenicht; filmmakers Ross Kauffman, André Robert Lee, and Robin Honan; IOC providers Stacey Bank, MD, medical director of the IOC, and Christina Cackler, LCSW, clinical social worker at IOC; Richard Ferguson, MD, MBA, chief medical officer at Health Choice Utah and founder of non-profit group Black Physicians of Utah; and Patricia Aguayo, MD, MPH, medical director at Huntsman Mental Health Institute's Neurobehavior HOME and Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinics.

Bank shares highlights from the panel in a Good Notes blog published after the event.