Seven things I learned at Sundance and one thing I left
cross posted to New England Mamas & Snapshot Chronicles
You'll have to go to film sites like Movie City News and Cinematical for reviews of the films, and Entertainment Weekly or E!Online for the star sightings and gossip. I was only in Park City for a few days, and mostly involved in work for my client's party. Saw only one film, CSNY Déjà Vu, and only a handful of celebrities. But I did learn a few things that I thought you'd appreciate.
1. Do not park in front of 7-11, buy a few things and then go have lunch. Even though it's not marked a Tow Zone, you are very likely to get towed. The person driving our car (not me) was understandably upset, but it could happen to anyone. And probably did. Apparently towing is big business in Park City during Sundance due to the extreme lack of parking.
2. Sundance Film Festival merchandise goes on sale the last full day of the Festival. I could have saved $10 on the ball caps I bought the day before.
3. Films start on time. Events at Harry O's generally do not. From my experience, you can add an hour to the stated time that doors will open. So, for example if you are planning to eat at the ChefDance dinner, which "starts" at 8pm, and get hungry around 5pm, you can safely have a good-sized snack because you won't see the first course until 9ish and the entree at 10, 10:15 pm.
4. UGGS are lovely but if you are limited on suitcase space, pack your waterproof boots instead. Luckily, I knew that one going in and had mine.
5. The walk from the Eccles Theatre to downtown is about 2.5 miles on a lovely walking trail. If it is warm enough (30 degrees was fine), it's worth it for the lovely views of the mountains. You'll also see a local landmark, a tree chock full of shoes, that's been there for at least 20 years according to a resident I met on the path.
6. In addition to being extraordinarily talented, the folks in the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band are absolutely delightful and down-to-earth. If you like the blues, I highly recommend Shepherd's recent documentary and album, 10 Days Out: Blues From The Backroads. It was nominated for two Grammys and when you watch/listen, you'll know why.
7. CSNY Déjà Vu is a superb film. If you like the band, even just a little bit, and do not like our current president, you'll probably enjoy the movie. If you think Bush has done a great job in Iraq, on the other hand, you probably won't, even if you normally like the band. I loved the film. Draw your own conclusions.
Oh, and the thing I left? My voice. I came home with a cold that nearly qualifies as laryngitis.
Posted @ 11:01AM in Sundance
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