Showing posts from January 18, 2009

Park City, Utah and the Sundance Film Festival

If you live in Park City, you're used to the Sundance Film Festival taking over your town for ten days in mid-January. You've adjusted to the tsunami of movie stars and executives who fly in from LA and New York during the first weekend.

You know you can't get a room for an out of town friend. The bumper-to-bumper rush hour is as bad as downtown LA. If you want a table at Zoom, the Blind Dog Grill, Riverhorse Cafe, Grappa, or even the Eating Establishment, you'd have to make a reservation months in advance.

In Park City every table will be taken by a movie star, writer, director, studio executive, agent, or a manager who's trying to grab a quick bite to eat before rushing off to their next meeting or movie. And if all the tables aren't reserved by individuals, then the whole restaurant will be booked for a private party. After its premiere every film has a party. The smaller films have modest get-togethers, while the better funded movies throw big, nois…