Welcome to Opening Night: A Taste of Sundance. Thank you for joining us to celebrate the Sundance Institute and artists changing the face of independent cinema while kicking off the 2023 Film Festival and raising crucial funds for the essential work Sundance Institute does year round.

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TONIGHT’S PROGRAM

Please enjoy your meal and tonight’s program, which we have planned to run for approximately one hour. 

Welcome: Joana Vicente, CEO Sundance Institute, and Ebs Burnough, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Sundance Institute

Awards & Honors:

  • Dakota Johnson presents the Sundance Institute International Icon Award to Luca Guadagnino
  • Roger Ross Williams presents the Vanguard Award for Nonfiction presented by Acura to W. Kamau Bell
  • Boots Riley presents the Vanguard Award for Fiction presented by Acura to Nikyatu Jusu
  • Lena Waithe presents the Sundance Institute | Variety Visionary Award to Ryan Coogler

Special performance by Indigo Girls

MENU

HORS D’OEUVRES

CHICKEN CHICHARRONES
Housemade chicken chicharrón, smoky bacon tomato jam, micro arugula
SMOKED GOAT CHEESE TRUFFLE (vegetarian)
Pecan crumble, goat cheese, pear compôte
EDAMAME CANAPE (vegan)
Edamame purée, wonton crisp, carrot ribbon
KOREAN JERKY
Housemade gochujang-spiced beef jerky, kimchi slaw

FIRST COURSE

THE BEETS (vegetarian + gluten free)
Tri-colored poached beets, Valencia orange gelée, pistachio dust, toasted local chèvre meringue, Slide Ridge honey pepper drizzle
ARTISAN ROLL (vegetarian)
with butter

ENTREE COURSE

UTAH ROASTED CORNISH HEN
Roasted local cornish hen with butternut roulade, savillo tomatoes, grilled asparagus, local herb chèvre, turnip and celery root purée, lingonberry black currant and Rabbit Hole Bourbon gastrique
FUNGI (pre-selected) (vegan + gluten free)
Sustainably and locally grown Wonderland Farms molecular mushroom steak, featuring lion’s mane, shimeji, blue oyster, trumpet, and porcini mushrooms. Grilled fennel bulb, micro salad with local Snuck Farms greens dressed with citrus and herbs, macadamia nut cream cheese, capped with raw vegan onion cracker bread. Served at ambient temperature. Served with heirloom carrots

DESSERT

BLACKBERRY BASIL TARTLET (vegetarian, nut free)
Fresh blackberries infused with basil baked into a buttery tart shell
LEMON AND LOCAL HONEY CUPCAKE (vegetarian, nut free)
Topped with white chocolate honeycomb
CHOCOLATE CHUNK SEA SALT COOKIE (vegetarian, nut free)
Chunks of chocolate inside a soft cookie topped with flaky sea salt
MAPLE-GLAZED TOFFEE BROWNIE (vegetarian, nut free)
Dark chocolate fudge brownie with toffee crunch and a sweet maple glaze
COLD BREW CHOCOLATE POT DE Crème (vegetarian, nut free, gluten free)
COOKIE COOKIE (vegetarian, nut free)
Gingerbread cookie sandwiched with housemade cookie butter

Thank you to all of this evening’s supporters. The Festival and our year-round work would not be possible without you. 

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INDIVIDUAL TICKET PURCHASERS

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Emily Engel

Equality Utah

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GENERAL DONATIONS

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SUPPORTERS

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Rabbit Hole Bourbon & Rye

White Claw Hard Seltzer

OFFICIAL PROVIDERS

In the Event

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EVENT CHAIRS

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