For cinephiles on tight budgets who read dispatches from Park City with envy, the Sundance Film Festival USA program brings a small slice of the annual Utah extravaganza closer to home. Sure, it’s just one film and one filmmaker on one day, but for audiences in 10 select cities, it’s like having Sundance right in your own neighborhood.
Here in the Boston area, the Coolidge Corner Theatre will host Sundance USA for a fourth year, again keeping company with such notable art houses as BAM in Brooklyn, N.Y., the Music Box in Chicago, and Sundance Sunset in Los Angeles. Each theater gets a different film direct from competition at Sundance: The Coolidge will screen “The Lifeguard,” which will be presented by its writer-director, Liz W. Garcia. In past years, Sundance USA took place while the festival was underway. This year, it has been moved to Jan. 31, allowing a bit of breathing room after the festival concludes on Jan. 27.