Living in Los Angeles for more than a decade I have heard many stories about the business (and debauchery) that happens at Sundance. After my shoot there last week, I am happy to confirm that it is far crazier than I had imagined.
Here are some Sundance tips and observations:
1. Snow boots and camera backbacks. If you are an exec and think your Prada pumps will survive, think again. And if you are a photographer and think you can roll your cameras around, sorry.
2. PR runs the show – be nice. There are a lot of intelligent and fun women who are the connections to everyone and everything. I had a blast watching them in action. And when they were crossed – bad news.
3. I love the Sundance Press office. That’s less of a tip and more of a huge thank you. They get their s**t done and made my job way easier.
4. Movies. I did not even see one because my shoot schedule was so busy. But I heard they were great and you should see them if you can.
5. Remember that you are at altitude and should drink accordingly. You can see who did not follow this role by their sunglasses in the coffee shops. As we discussed at our table, is the hangover ever that bad that it is okay to wear sunglasses inside?
To see some of what happened check out my gallery here:
And here are a couple pages from the magazine. On the left are Another Earth director Mike Cahill and star/co-writer Brit Marling. They won the Special Jury Prize. On the right are Michael Barker and Tom Bernard, co-presidents of Sony Pictures Classics.