The “Columbus” movie filmed in the city last summer will be released starting in August with support from the Sundance Institute.

The Utah-based institute, founded in 1981 by actor and director Robert Redford, advances the work of independent storytellers in film and theater. It produces the Sundance Film Festival, where “Columbus” and other independent films were screened earlier this year.

The institute’s Creative Distribution Fellowship aims to provide funding for U.S. distribution of the “Columbus” film shot last July and August against architecturally significant backdrops in Columbus.

The drama, by a first-time Nashville, Tennessee, director who goes by the name of Kogonada, is paired with a documentary, “Unrest,” for the fellowship support, according to the nonprofit institute.

The two films are part of a combined $150,000 Kickstarter online fundraising campaign through June 1 for the public to support with donations.

That Kickstarter goal must be met, however, as the funding has an all-or-nothing component, according to the Sundance Institute’s media relations department.

For more on this story, see Friday’s Republic.

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