How To Watch Sundance Movies If You’ve Never Been to the Festival

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Due to the ongoing pandemic, this year’s Sundance Film Festival went completely virtual. Red carpet premieres and star-studded after parties were replaced with Zoom Q&A’s and virtual reality celebrations. The upside to this reimagined experience is that it made the coveted event way more accessible.

For instance, all the talks and panels that were held on Zoom throughout the festival week can still be found on YouTube, which didn’t happen to this degree in the past. Additionally, the film CODA broke records and sold to Apple TV+ for an impressive $25 million, becoming the biggest sale in the festival’s history.

Despite having to adapt and do things differently, the virtual move was a huge success. Even though the festival is over, you can still get in on the action and stream some of the best the affair had to offer. From some 2021 heavy hitters to a few of last year’s standout releases, scroll through and see the titles you should add to your queue.


still from the movie CODA
Credit: Apple TV+

After acquiring CODA for a record-breaking $25 million, the movie that won several Sundance awards is set to premiere on Apple TV+ later this year. While there’s no exact date yet, the film that has the film industry buzzing is undoubtedly worth a subscription to the platform, especially since it’s only a low $4.99 a month.

Slick Tip: New users can also take advantage of a complimentary seven-day trial, or for those who recently purchased an Apple product, you may be eligible to receive an annual subscription for free. Check here for details.


still from the movie Passing
Credit: Netflix

Passing is a film based on a classic book of the same name that was first released in 1929 by author Nella Larsen. The story is about two Black women who racially pass for white and stars Ruth Negga and Tessa Thompson. Netflix acquired the movie for over $15 million, so get your streaming set up ready. While the platform no longer offers free trials, basic plans start at just $8.99 per month.

Slick Tip: If you have a friend or family member with a standard or premium Netflix membership, you can have them use their shared account to host a Netflix Party using Teleparty and watch Passing together.

Late Night

still from the movie Late Night
Credit: Amazon Prime

Mindy Kaling’s Late Night is an oldie but a goodie from 2019. If you can’t wait for the 2021 wide releases, click over to Amazon Prime and watch this comedy about late-night talk show writers today. Prime is $119 annually, but beyond being able to stream a library of TV shows and movies, you’ll get free delivery in as little as two hours, unlimited photo storage and so much more.

Slick Tip: Amazon offers a 30-day free trial for Prime, so you have plenty of time to take advantage of all it has to offer.

Summer of Soul

still from the movie Summer of Soul
Credit: Hulu

Summer of Soul was awarded the U.S. Documentary Competition’s Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award. The storyline is centered around the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival and was the directorial debut of musician Questlove. Shortly after it premiered, it was purchased by Hulu and Searchlight Pictures with release dates to come. Plans for Hulu begin at an affordable $5.99 a month, and free trials are available for as long as a month.

Slick Tip: Remember, bundling up your streaming services is a great way to save money. If you’re interested in Hulu specifically, for a few extra dollars, you can opt to get Hulu, Disney+ and ESPN+ for just $12.99 monthly.

Palm Springs

still from the movie Palm Springs
Credit: Hulu

Prior to CODA, Hulu went all out with a $22 million purchase of Palm Springs starring Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti. It’s streaming exclusively on the platform and was even recently nominated for two Golden Globe awards. While you wait for Summer of Soul to drop, why not start with this Sundance romantic comedy that’s sure to bring you some laughs?

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Isis Briones

Isis Briones is a freelance writer who covers everything from travel to video games, fashion and everything in between. From Manhattan to Muramvya, Burundi, she's also lived all over the world. There's actually no telling where she could end up next, but she's always ready with a carry-on packed for whatever adventure comes her way.

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