Sundance In Full Swing


The 2014 Sundance Film Festival out here in Utah has been in full swing since last January 16 and runs to the 26th, but the real action was the first weekend when most of the stars were strutting their stuff in Park City.

Robert Redford

Robert Redford

Showcasing  indy films, the festival has been around for a long time and really got traction when Robert Redford got behind it to save the festival.  It was Redford who said, “Let’s hold it in the middle of winter and in the middle of nowhere–Utah–and see what happens.”  It’s been an unqualified success and a lot of mainstream movies have gotten their legs there; one comes to mind: Three Weddings and  Funeral, but there have been others.

Venues to screen the films used to be solely in Park City, a popular ski resort, but have now expanded to other near-by cities like Salt Lake City and even Ogden.  Park City, a former mining community during the silver days went dormant once the silver veins ran out, but then skiing became popular and Park City reinvented itself.  It was a sleepy town, but skiing, and the boutiques, restaurants, and breweries that followed, along with the add-on of the film festival has made it a popular resort, all year round.

Main Street, Park City, Utah

Main Street, Park City, Utah

In fact, in a really unique way, one of the ski runs ends right behind the shops and buildings.  Convenient, huh?

On the opening weekend of Sundance, the stars jet in to Salt Lake City in their private jets and limo the hour trip to Park City.  There the media await them, along with fans eager for photo ops and autographs, catered parties, and screenings of the films they were in or helped produce.  It’s a big deal out here, as it brings in tourists and loads of money for the local economy.

The historic Egyptian Thearer

The historic Egyptian Theater

Tickets go on sale early and are getting to be scare as hen’s teeth.  For the more talked-about films tickets are really hard to get.

All the local TV stations trip over each other to snag interviews with stars and the best interview is one with the elusive Redford.

Now that the Festival is winding down for this year, it’s basically ignored and the TV stations have moved onto bridal fairs, outdoor sports equipment expos, and, this year, pre-Olympic coverage.  And as you all know, there’s plenty to talk about!  Besides the security concerns, the members of the first women’s ski jumping team to compete in the Olympics are all from Park City.  Another claim to fame.

Exit Hollywood; enter Sochi!

Published in: on January 23, 2014 at 8:22 pm  Leave a Comment  

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