It’s growing. That was the biggest takeaway from the fourth annual gathering of mission driven, community based cinemas at Midway, Utah in the days leading up to the Sundance Film Festival. The event reached capacity this year with many new faces among the grizzled veterans of the art house trenches. Begun as an initiative of the Sundance Institute Art House Project consisting of a dozen art house theaters across the country, the Convergence has become a must attend event for operators, programmers, independent film buyers, and distributors. Even some critics, funders, and service providers made the trip this year. Naturally, this movement has grown out of necessity. There are larger, glitzier trade show events like ShoWest in Las Vegas that cater to the megaplex movie exhibitors dripping with artificial butter and celebrity pandering. Here in the snowy Swiss immigrant hamlet of Midway this dedicated bunch found its own decidedly niche level.