Photo: Courtesy of Sundance Institute.
Did you hear that? It's the pitter-patter of hordes of film buffs descending on Park City, Utah. Every year, jaded New Yorkers and Angelenos take a break from their lives to experience a little of that crisp mountain air and a lot of waiting in line. Oh yeah, and we should probably mention the movies. If you're escaping to the party in the mountains, consider yourself lucky. A whole lot of planning goes into a trip to Sundance, so we thought we'd help you out with a little lowdown on what we're looking forward to.
We know you've already got the movie stuff down pat, so we're going to focus on the more important items like, you know, drinking. Oh, and if you're stuck at home suffering through FOMO like most of America, we've got you covered with the best way to enjoy the fest from your couch. Because, really, that's the best way to do it.
Photo: Courtesy of Utah Festival of Opera and Musical Theater.
Where To Watch
Anybody who's heading to the festival has no doubt had their movie lineup on deck for as long as possible. But, we'll just give you a few helpful tips: Get all the deets on the program here, and try to stick to the Eccles Theater as much as possible. With over 1,200 seats, it's the largest venue of the week, which means all your camping out probably won't be for naught.
Photo: Courtesy of Eat BYU.Where To Eat
El Chubasco: Two words: Hangover. Burrito.
Zoom: If you're looking to class it up a notch after downing a week's worth of Mexican food in a single meal, head to Robert Redford's establishment. It's a hot ticket and it's owned by Robert Redford, so it's pretty much sacrilege not to visit.
Udi's Gluten Free Table: Just because you're on semi-vacay doesn't mean you have to let go of all your inhibitions. Fuel up sans gluten at the special Main Street pop-up of this popular healthy food brand. RSVP here to get your grub on.
Photo: Courtesy of Rock & Reilly's.Where To Party
Rock & Reilly's: This happenin' West Hollywood establishment has officially moved east, and the restaurant-cum-bar is hosting all kinds of events during the festival. You can chow down on Irish food like pub chips or corned beef sliders, and then stick around for some of the celeb-heavy nighttime events.
Paige Hospitality Group Sundance Game Watch: What's a getaway without some day drinking? Take a break from movie-watching for some football this Sunday at 3. It all goes down at the ultra-swanky Village At The Lift, so consider it a step up from your normal NFL-viewing routine.
The Snow Lodge on Main Street: A pop-up lounge created by the team from Montauk's The Surf Lodge? Sign. Us. Up. The hot spot will be throwing down all week in tandem with West Hollywood resto Eveleigh, so get thee on an invite list ASAP. Otherwise, loiter around looking important and you're bound to get some celeb sightings.
Getting a new weave for Sundance.— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) January 13, 2014
Social Media, Social Media, Social Media
Thanks to Instagram and Twitter, we no longer have to go anywhere to feel like we're having fun alongside everybody who did get off their couch. For starters, our very own Leila Brillson will be on hand in Park City to keep tabs on all the goings-on — follow her on Twitter here. In the non-R29 world, we like Variety's Justin Chang, Vulture, film critic Matt Patches, and master of the indie film himself, Zach Braff.
The Magic of YouTube
Not only can the video site allow you to catch talked-about trailers and speeches from the event, but this year, it's offering more content than we can list. There's a dedicated channel, Live @ Sundance, that will be broadcasting the best of the fest daily.
Pinterest — Seriously
It may seem slightly uncool, but the Salt Lake City Tourism department has its very own Sundance-dedicated board. In the market for some mood-boosting shots of snowy peaks and twinkling street lights? Look no further.