Sundance has achieved a reputation as the most elite film festival in the United States, but we have 17 secret activities you probably won't read about in entertainment news headlines.
Described as one long fart joke, Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano's new film, Swiss Army Man, reached a new scatological low that many audience members couldn't handle.
Another legacy, Riley Keogh, snapped tons of photos with her pup this festival where she appeared in two Sundance projects, the film, Lovesong, and the TV show, The Girlfriend Experience.
Amidst the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, this was a smart acquisition for Fox Searchlight to make, though it did cost them a whopping $17 million.
Yes, that's Bryce Dallas Howard behind those massive goggles, and she seems to really be digging her virtual experience.
Director Whit Stillman combines his acidic wit to one of Jane Austin's highly under appreciated novellas to make the Sundance audience one happy, chuckling bunch. Love & Friendship stars Kate Beckensale and Chloe Sevigny.
On opening day, Sundance creator Robert Redford spoke about his mission to create a community for people who love quirky little films, causing Yoga Hosers director Smith to get all emotional. At the premiere of his film that stars his own daughter, Harley Quinn Smith, and Lily-Rose Depp, Smith said, "All my fortunes, everything that's happened to me in my career are predicated on Robert Redford going, 'I think it would be nice to put something back, to create this type of community.' He went out the door and I was just a mess. In every culture there's a wise man on a mountain and it's [Redford]."
There were several filmmaker legacies at Sundance this year and Harley Quinn Smith, daughter of Kevin Smith, was one of them. Funny and bright, she admitted to wanted to write and direct as well as act, "I saw Amy Schumer's Trainwreck. That's what I want to do."
Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradise's daughter, Lily-Rose, recently said on Instagram that she was "sexually fluid" and apparently, people took that to mean she was a lesbian. She's not, at least for now, but somewhere on the "spectrum."
For many festival goers, getting a confirmation email that a person was "on the list" for a party didn't mean it was so. Those folks quickly learned to have the confirmation email pulled up on their phone when the overwhelmed person with the list couldn't find their name. There were also reports of people sneaking in through the unlocked side door at the William Morris Endeavor Entertainment party. Some people were even sneaky enough to subtly take a photo of a party's guest list as the door host went through it. After that, they found a name that was on the list and used that name to get into the party.
Thanks to stylish winter wear companies like the awesome Moose Knuckles, festival goers took a brief break from sitting in a dark theater to experience some snow and sunshine.
There are five Park Cities listed in the app and everyone we met had downloaded a different one. So the temperatures ranged from 12 degrees to 45 degrees when we all compared phones. Make sure you click on the "Park City Utah" listing to get the right temperature.
Proper snow boots were in high demand, particularly during the day when the sun came out and the snow melted into a dirty, brown slush. I got the snuggly boots in the above photo at Bahnhof Sports on Main St. Many people, myself included, had to check an extra bag on their flight home to include the extra snow gear.
Delicious (and strong) espresso drinks were necessary and luckily free thanks to Airbnb. Though I'm not sure putting a camera on the ceiling for this promo will encourage people to use Airbnb.
Though there were several apps created specifically for the festival, like the $99 Film Fest Party List, the free Sundance app proved most helpful for navigating the films and getting on the coveted wait lists.
UCLA, Tisch School of the Arts and USC all had awesome parties that weren't limited to alums. This was some of the best networking at the festival (Go Bruins!).
Everyone and their cinematographer were giving away water bottles. Most people got two: one to fill with water and the other to fill with hard liquor for those cold walks between events.
We're certain that Park City has a grocery store, but it isn't on Main St. where all the activity is taking place. For snacks, everyone relied on the 7-11 at 1500 Park Ave., making for unexpected run-ins.
The Sundance Film Festival 2016 concludes Jan. 31.
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