1998 Sundance Film Festival Diaries
It's A Marvelous Night For a Sundance Party (January 21)
PARK CITY, Jan. 21 - After too many hours spent in dark crowded rooms watching
some pretty obtuse cinema, it was time to stick our heads outside and see
what life was like in the exterior world.
In a word, frigid. But that didn't stop us. We were about to check out the
Sundance party circuit.
So get out the checklist. Dress is casual; any sweater will do. Preparation
is minimal since most official functions are open to any fesival attendee.
Conversation is topical - the "Kurt and Courtney" controversy
is still a hot topic as is the traditional gabfest starter, "So what
films have you seen so far?"
Our first stop was the Canyons resort in Park City. New Orleans legends
the Neville Brothers and slide guitar-pickin' Keb' Mo shook the walls of
the Canyons "bubble" as they headlined a party sponsored by Northwest
Airlines. The Minnesota-based airline was celebrating its commitment to
on-flight independent films (perhaps now they can make a commitment to some
edible in-flight food). But most eyes were on the Nevilles' ten-piece band,
whose repertoire included a jamming version of favorite "Iko Iko"
and Aaron Neville's lush vocal stylings on such solo hits as "Don't
Know Much." Gosh, I'm starting to sound like Casey Kasem here.
That location will be the same site of another rock-and-roll bash Friday
night, as BMI presents Joan Osborne and Cracker. Incidentally, Cracker's
David Lowery co-stars in and contributes music to the American Spectrum
film "The River Red." I have no idea why Joan Osborne is in town,
Then we hopped a shuttle and made our way to the Lakota bar where the cast
of the film "Slam" was gathering after a well received screening.
Everyone from the cast is there including director Mark Levin, who senses
a distribution deal might be around the corner. Also stopping by was actress
Alfre Woodard, fresh into town after a Golden Globe win Sunday night.
Next we planned to check out the party for the Irish-flavored drama "Snitch"
in hopes of catching a pint of some imported Guinness (every local brew
in Utah can only have a maximum 3.2 percent alcohol). Forget the Guinness,
we couldn't even find the party. Guess we'll have to save the hobnobbing
with Colm Meaney for another day.
So we pulled up tent and headed back to the modest Chateau Apres ski lodge
(which I believe translates to "The House of Before" and will
never be mistaken for the Chateau Marmont) to catch some sleep and prepare
for the Wednesday night party circuit, highlighted by an Absolut cocktail
hour featuring a live performance by El Vez, called "the world's best
Mexican Elvis impersonator." Viva Park City!
Previous Installment |
Back to Sundance Film Festival Diaries
Copyright 1994-2008 Film Scouts LLC
Created, produced, and published by Film Scouts LLC
Film Scouts® is a registered trademark of Film Scouts LLC
All rights reserved.
Suggestions? Comments? Fill out our Feedback Form.