Now that I have fully recovered from my adventures at the Sundance Shore (clearly we were all very into the Jersey Shore and it made its way into many things following the finale), amongst other things I encountered when I returned back to LA, here is the complete rundown. After surviving my flight to Salt Lake City that got struck by lightening mid-flight, I knew things could only go up from there. Upon arrival, my girlfriends and I took a car into Park City and headed to the house that would become home for the duration of our stay, and let me tell you what an incredible house it was! We met our roommates and soon after the festivities began.
I definitely tried not to spread myself too thin this year and plan my Sundance schedule reasonably. I kicked off the weekend at the Gen Art 7 Fresh Faces in Film party co-hosted by 7 For All Mankind and hosted by actress Malin Akerman (“The Watchmen,” and “Couple’s Retreat”). The 7 of the Fresh Faces being honored were Shawn Ashmore (“Frozen”), Amy Ferguson (“Douchebag”), Shiloh Fernandez (“Skateland”), Zoe Lister-Jones (“Armless”), Zoe Kazan, (“happythankyoumoreplease”), Jennifer Lawrence (“Winter’s Bone”) & Kevin Zegers (“Frozen”). After the Gen Art party I called it an early night to save my energy for the long days to come. The change in altitude really does a number on you.
Saturday morning I got up bright and early to begin my day. Sundance is not exactly a relaxing vacation, but more a weekend to cram in as much fun as possible. Off I went to the Village at the Yard, one of the most popular gifting areas which also houses the T-Mobile Diner. One of the best things about Sundance is that all of the festival food and beverages are free so I made sure to eat my meals there during the day. The food was great and to order your drinks you either text or called the Beverage Station on one of the new T-Mobile myTouch phones at the center of your table. The only negative about the diner was the hostesses. Apparently customer service was not one of their concerns unless you happened to be a celebrity. Speaking of celebrities, I definitely spotted a few while running around one of my favorite gifting suites there, Fred Segal Fun. I stood face-to-face with Kareem Abdul Jabar, well more like face-to-knee that guy is so tall. I also saw funny guy Jonah Hill, football player T.O. and a few of the Glee actors. The Fred Segal Fun suite is always a big hit because it introduces many of the new lines that Fred Segal carries including George Gina and Lucy, Emu, Kr3w, and probably the coolest thing I saw during Sundance, The Poken. Once we finished our drinks at the Village’s Philadelphia Industry Lounge, we made our way to the next gifting area at Talent Resource’s Sky Suite. There we scooped up things from Axe, AMC Movie Theaters, UrbanEars headphones, Rebecca Jewelry and Jenny B Clothing. My favorite things were definitely the awesome green long sleeve burnout animal print tee and “I just might snap today” message tee from Jenny B and the gift certificate to Rebecca because half of the proceeds from my certificate went to charity courtesy of Giiv.com. I was very happy to see that Sundance was not all about taking this year but giving back, especially to the Haiti Relief Fund.
After a full day of seeing what was hot and flying off the shelves at this year’s suites, I parked myself on a couch at the Tao cocktail party and shoveled sushi into my mouth. From there we headed home to regroup, change and devise a plan for the evening. We started the night at Gen Art’s big Kenneth Cole Vintage Black party hosted by Kenneth himself and honored 4 champions of independent film: Melissa Leo, Juliette Lewis, Diego Luna, and Michael Shannon. Next stop was the Axe party at the Sky Lodge where we met up with Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers, and saw celebs like Simon Rex, Shane West, Adrian Brody, and Mario Lopez. Then we headed home to our roommates for some bonding time and finally hit the hay. Sunday would be another long day.
Up again bright and early for our last gifting suite, the Kari Feinstein Style Lounge. This suite just might have been my absolute favorite because they offered so many different types of products, new and old. I scooped up a great pink hoodie from the folks at Superdry, Fake Bake tanning lotion, Usana vitamins, stationary from Linda and Harriett, a vintage Miami Dolphins tee, a yoga mat, and more. I walked out of there with bags upon bags of awesome items. Once the gifting was all said and done, I caught the last bit of the Gen Art and K-Swiss Ping Pong Classic where cast members and filmmakers from four festival films including “Douchebag”, “Lovers of Hate,” “Obselidia” and “Skateland” battled it out on the ping pong court. After a short nap back at the house, I stopped by the “High School” premiere party at the House of Hype and watched the Michael Chiklis Band perform. I didn’t even know he had a band, but hey, they were pretty good. Then it was back to Tao where I talked with one of my favorites, John Legend, and hung with my friends who produced the film “Teenage Paparazzo.” Another great thing about Sundance, everyone is essentially on the same level and attends the same parties, no matter how famous or VIP you are. From Tao, we went to the Flaunt party and then to bed. Another endless and amazing day at Sundance.
Finally, it was Movie Monday and time to get down to business. I started the day off well with the witty film “Douchebag.” I enjoyed it and thought it was interesting and had many funny moments, especially because the lead, Andrew Dickler, really portrayed the quintessential douchebag. Next I saw “Skateland” and to continue with honesty, I was not impressed. Not by the actors Shiloh Fernandez and Ashley Greene, not by the directing, and not by the script. Harsh, I know. It just felt cliche, forced, meh. The remaining two films I saw were horror films and by no means my kinds of movies. The first was a dutch short film whose name escapes me, but watching it was literally like nails on a chalkboard. I’m pretty sure in the actual film, one of the scary, disformed children was dragging her nails down a real board. Painful. The second was the feature film, “The Violent Kind,” which I went to see in support of my friend who produced it, and another friend who acted in it. For me to judge it would be unfair considering I generally hate horror and torture porn and that’s what this was. However, if that is your cup of tea, you should check it out.
Being that this was the final night in Park City with my roommates and now close friends, we all went out for “family dinner” to be together one last time as a group and say our goodbyes. It was very “Jersey Shore”-esqe and fantastic. All in all, I’d have to say Sundance 2010 was amazing and I can’t wait to go again next year.