Yesterday (Saturday) was a busy, busy day.
We did some window shopping on Main Street, then went to see Abraxas at the Egyptian Theatre. The movie was not quite the story I expected, but it was very good and very well made. The theater is a restored 1926 theater that is small-ish and amazing.
Then it was a bus ride (oy!) to the Redstone Cinema for the screening of These Amazing Shadows. Again, I didn't quite have the topic of the movie correct. It was a documentary about the National Film Register (sorry, Ruth, no mention of George Eastman House). It was really interesting, and George did a FANTASTIC job. He's very interesting to listen to, and a lot of people had questions for him during the Q&A.
Afterwards was a very nice dinner for the cast/crew at Chumayo. Then some people wanted to try to crash the OWN (Oprah Winfrey's party promoting her network) party. We did so successfully, and I was apparently in the same room as Forrrest Whitaker (?). I sort of recognize the name, but don't recognize the guy.
Parties are for shmoozing, obviously, and since I'm not in the industry, I just kind of hung out with George or our own cast and crew. HP was there showing off some new photo/printer technology, and Geo and I got a couple of really nice pictures. Unfortunately, we failed to remember to e-mail the pics to ourselves when we e-mailed them to the parents. If they can send the pic back to me, I'll see about sharing it.
We got some swag on the way out, but since I'm not particularly an Oprah Winfrey fan, I'm not leaping out of my skin with excitement. (Oprah and Rosie O'Donnell were there at the beginning of the party, but had long since left by the time we got there. I do not feel like I missed out on anything.)
Oh, you're probably wondering if I've seen or met any recognizable celebs. In a word, no. The best place, I'm told, to meet celebs (and don't be afraid to just go up and introduce yourself) is to hang out at the headquarters café, which we haven't done. Too much other stuff to do (and too much time spent on the busses *eyeroll*).
It's also interesting that one of the directors of our project, who had a directors' brunch with Robert Redford, reported that the "real" Sundance is at the institute, not the festival. That the festival, you get hit with hype as soon as you "the border." The festival that all the people come to, while fun, is not what it was intended to be, from what I gather. Which, really, comes as no surprise.
Today is a bit more shopping (I still need to get a good souvenir), then the press walk, then lunch at Flannagan's \o/, then come back and get ready for the red carpet premiere of the movie.
Also, we had a nice, fluffy snow (that turned windy and wet) yesterday. The scenery around here is amazing.
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