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Press Release19 January 2018

Autograph Collection Hotels Returns to the Sundance Film Festival Celebrating Diversity, Individuality & The Powerful Voices That Drive Indie Film

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  • "The Retreat" at Autograph Collection Hotels in partnership with the Black List will Fête Indie Films with Maggie Gyllenhaal, Issa Rae, Aisha Tyler, Ethan Hawke & More
  • The Winter Lodge-Style Lounge Will Offer Festivalgoers a Respite from the Mayhem on Main Street with Music throughout the Weekend by Blind Dragon, CLOVES and Martha Wainwright


An Associate Partner of the Sundance Institute and 2018 Sundance Film Festival, Autograph Collection Hotels returns to Hotel Park City for the third year, celebrating its Indie Film Project: a multi-faceted platform designed to support the art of storytelling by shining a light on today's most-talented screenwriters, filmmakers and distributors working in independent film.

"There is an inherent synergy between independent film and Autograph Collection Hotels," said Amanda Altree, Senior Director, Autograph Collection Hotels. "Indie filmmakers and screenwriters tell stories that inspire, provoke and connect us; while immersive storytelling is part of our DNA, enabling travelers to connect with each other and their destination in a memorable way. Through the Indie Film Project, we have become unexpected patrons of the arts and are thrilled to support this dynamic and important industry."

Together with partners Franklin Leonard & the Black List, Autograph Collection Hotels will bring back "The Retreat" hosting a series of exclusive parties that champion diversity and individuality in the indie film industry: from The Kindergarten Teacher starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, written and directed by Sara Colangelo, to the 2nd Annual Power Women's Cocktail co-hosted by the Sundance Institute & Diversity Initiative, Aisha Tyler, Issa Raeand 20th Century Fox's Moira Griffin.

"The 2017 Black List was a high watermark for both screenplays written by women and about women; the 2018 Sundance Film Festival is no different," said Franklin Leonard, Founder, the Black List. "We couldn't be more excited to support these diverse voices, who are receiving long overdue and much deserved recognition."

The two brands will also host an intimate dinner celebrating BLAZE, written and directed by Ethan Hawke, which was filmed with support from Watermark Baton Rouge Hotel an Autograph Collection Hotel; and will end the weekend a late night karaoke party with Blind Dragon open to festivalgoers, who want to sing iconic tunes from some of the greatest indie films.

In support of sharing compelling indie films with a wider audience, and for those not attending the Sundance Film Festival, Autograph Collection Hotels has introduced a dedicated digital film channel: streaming a curated selection of indie films at its hotels across the U.S. and Canada. These critically-acclaimed indie films are curated to resonate with the passions of the brand's guests: art, culture, cuisine, design and travel.

The complimentary, streaming service has launched with seven films, including Exit Through the Gift Shop about acclaimed street artist Banksy; Soul, featuring Michelin stars chefs Eneko Atxa and Jiro Ono; Floyd Norman: An Animated Life, starring Scarlett Johansson; and The People Garden, starring Dree Hemingway and Francois Arnaud.


The Retreat by Autograph Collection Hotels & the Black List at Hotel Park City for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival

Guests will be able to access Autograph Collection's dedicated digital film channel by connecting to the hotel's Wi-Fi and logging into via their laptop, tablet, smartphone or other device.

For more information about Autograph Collection Hotels' Indie Film Project, visit; and for more details about the Black List, visit

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