This week a tiny, unknown film festival called "Sundance" gets underway in Park City, Utah, sending hundreds of our colleagues off into the freezing Midwestern cold to cover a bunch of movies that may or may not end up seeing national theatrical distribution. But for those who aren't going to be heading to Sundance, thankfully there are dozens of other noteworthy film-related events across the country to keep you entertained. And in a fairly miraculous turn of events, not a single pick on this week's list is a midnight movie, which means that you can check out a film or double feature and still be home in time to get to bed at a reasonable hour.
But before we get to the stuff we think you should see elsewhere in the country, we would like to remind you to please leave comments and send in emails with any suggestions you may have for events, screenings, or other opportunities film fans may have to share with others in their celebration of the medium. Also, when and if you attend any of the events listed below, please let us know about your experiences, and let the organizers know where you found out about it!