Thirty-four years of small-mountain-town, indie film, hustle and bustle continues in streets of Park City, UT during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Attendees arrive by the thousands from all over the globe to see the latest releases in independent film, the talent involved or perhaps just visiting the beehive state for some shopping and fresh air. With events strewn about Main Street and the surrounding neighborhoods, you first have to find parking or take advantage of the free, public transit from venue to venue. With everything within walking distance from a bus stop, you can be on your way by foot to get some food, a coffee, hit the slopes or head to a film premiere.
With too many releases in any one year to take in, a schedule is a must. The first stop is hitting the SundanceTV Headquarters for the official kickoff party at the top of Main Street. Actors Jenna Elfman, Richard Kind, Director A.M. Lukas and droves of special guests mingle and enjoy the warmth as the sun heads down over the first day of the festival. Over the busy first weekend, other releases and red carpet events include Indie Sci-Fi flick I Am Mother premiering at the Eccles Theater in Park City; an Australian thriller/fantasy flick that centers around the story of “a teenage girl raised underground by a kindly robot “mother” designed to repopulate the earth following the extinction of humankind. But their unique bond is threatened when an inexplicable stranger arrives with alarming news.” Starring Hilary Swank, Clara Rugaard, and voice talent, including Rose Byrne (not pictured).
Documentary Now!, an IFC production in it’s latest season “parodies the current obsession with documentaries” with the familiar tongue-and-cheek, dry humor as expected from star Fred Armisen (of Saturday Night Live, Portlandia) premiering at the Egyptian Theater on Main Street in Park City, cast and crew arrive and greet fans as they start seating after taking a few photos. Comedy actor Chris O’Dowd (IT Crowd, Bridesmaids) stars in State of the Union, a story that “follows Louise and Tom who meet in a pub immediately before their weekly marital therapy session. Each episode pieces together how their lives were, what drew them together, and what has started to pull them apart.”
Whether you are a celeb seeker, film buff, ski junkie or just in town for the world-famous annual event, Sundance Film Festival goers are bound to have a great time as long as they plan their days out, have a plan for getting around and bring some extra spending money. Just make sure that no matter how you Sundance, you do it with a warm outfit and and some gloves.