In 1969, Robert Redford purchased 6,000 acres (24 km2) at the base of 12,000-foot (3,700 m) Mount Timpanogos in Utah's Wasatch Mountains. He named this land Sundance (after his character in the 1969 film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid). The Sundance Group is a listing of all the businesses that run under the Sundance corporate umbrella started by and run by actor Robert Redford.
The Sundance Institute is a non-profit organization founded in 1981. Through its programs, the Institute seeks to discover, support, and inspire independent film and theatre artists from the United States and around the world, and to introduce audiences to their new work.
The Sundance Film Festival is a film festival in the United States that began in 1985 and ranks alongside the Cannes, Venice, Berlin and Toronto film festivals as one of the most prestigious in the world. It is the largest independent cinema festival in the US. Held in January in Park City, Salt Lake City, and Ogden, Utah as well as at the Sundance Resort, the festival is the premier showcase for new work from American and international independent filmmakers. The festival comprises competitive sections for American and international dramatic and documentary films, and a group of non-competitive showcase sections, including the Sundance Online Film Festival.
In the Sundance Resort was a tiny store which guests would frequently write to, requesting special items they had seen while visiting Sundance. Twenty years had passed since the beginning of Sundance and requests for the store's unique offerings spread beyond the box canyon. People who had visited Sundance began to write back to the store from all over the country. Robert Redford called together a few of his colleagues to discuss starting a mail-order catalog to fill these requests and to make Sundance's unique items available to a wider audience. It started small, four employees, Harry Rosenthal and Brent Beck as CEO and VP Merchant, working from the old Sundance Village firehouse put together the first Sundance Catalog, which mailed in the fall of 1989 to a relatively small group of general store customers and friends.
The Sundance Catalog is now issued seasonally, and has been augmented by a separate jewelry catalog. The Sundance Catalog Company, based in West Valley City, Utah, has since grown to reach an international clientele. Catalog offerings are also offered at “Sundance the Store”, retail outlets in Corte Madera, California, Lone Tree, Colorado, and Salt Lake City, Utah.
Sundance Channel was launched in 1996 and is a venture of AMC Networks and Redford. The Sundance Channel offers viewers films, documentaries, and original programs. The Sundance Channel operates independently of the non-profit Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival, but shares the overall Sundance mission of encouraging artistic freedom of expression.
The latest of the Sundance name is the Sundance Cinemas which first opened in 2007.
On October 6, 2015, Carmike Cinemas announced it agreed to acquire Sundance Cinemas, for $36 milion. In 2016, Carmike was bought by AMC Theatres.