Thursday, January 21, 2010

Sundance, day 1

The first thing I did today was go to the press office and pick up my press credentials, free water bottle, film guide, press guide, and transit map. The only way to get around Park City during Sundance is to take the free shuttles, and you need the map to figure out which route you need to take.

One thing that has changed this year is that all press/industry screenings are taking place at the Holiday Village theaters. In years past they had two screens at the Holiday Village and one screen at the Yarrow hotel. The Yarrow is only a 5 minute walk from the Holiday Village, but I think I like it better to just have all the screenings in one place. Sometimes you get out of one movie and have like 2 minutes to make it to your next screening.

Another thing that changed is no Thursday night press screening. The only way to see a movie today would be either attend a public screening (which were sold out), or borrow a screener DVD and watch it at the press office. The problem here is that only 4 people at a time can be watching a movie, so I wasn't able to see any movies today.

What I did do was attend New Frontier on Main Street. They take the entire downstairs level of a shopping center on Main Street and turn it into an art exhibit. They have artists from all over the world showcase their stuff. One guy had an exhibit that was basically Google Earth projected onto the floor, and you control it by standing on it and using your feet. Another exhibit was called border town, and it consisted of a bunch of miniature buildings with mini lcd screens in the windows, showing scenes from movies.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt was there promoting his production company Press Record. Here is my interview with Joe:

After that, I attended the press conference with Robert Redford and festival director John Cooper. During the press conference, I noticed that Roger Ebert was sitting a few rows in front of me. He hasn't been to Sundance in several years because of his health issues. After the press conference, Redford walked off the stage and went over to Ebert to say hi, welcome him back to the festival, stuff like that. I couldn't get near them because every person in the room started crowing around the two.

That was it for today. Tomorrow the fun part begins: watching the movies.

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