Just about every filmmaker's trip to Sundance will eventually lead them to the Park City Marriott. It's truly the nerve center of the festival, hosting industry execs, press and filmmakers alike.
Sundance Doc Fellows Orientation Brunch
Our Sundance kicked off with the Documentary Fellows Orientation Lunch. Held in a conference room of the previous festival headquarters (Shadow Ridge Hotel), filmmakers and organizers gathered over lunch to meet and get to know one another.
The Library @ Park City
Caught "Hellion" during Sundance at the Library Theater. It was great. Same theater that premiered The Unforeseen during the 2007 Festival.
Laura and Baby D
Laura and Kristin Feeley
Kristen Feeley (far right) is the Director Labs and Artist Support Programs and Sundance. She was an absolute dream to work with. Could not have been more helpful and went out of her way to use Sundance resources to help us manage having (up to 5) kids at events.
BTW, having a sweet 9 month old at pitch events is the ultimate secret weapon. People come out of the woodwork to introduce themselves and meet the baby. Given what a powerful tool our little man proved to be, it seems inevitable someone will develop a "Baby rental" business to aid anyone's hustlin' efforts.
Gill Holland – who has proven an invaluable resource and advocate for FORTY PANES – met us for dinner and paid for it. Thanks!
Laura and John Cardellino at the Doc Reception
John Cardellino (right) is Sundance Labs and Artist Support Coordinator, Documentary Film Program. Along with Kristen Feeley, he was our primary point person during our time in Park City. John was incredibly helpful throughout our time there, always quick with intelligent, personable answers to our questions. Sundance really does have a terrific staff.
Baby D, Laura and Jef hit Reception
On Earth as it is in Austin
Austin-based FREEB!RDS WORLD BURRITO coming to Park City.
Egyptian Theater and Variety
The Unforeseen played here as well. I think it was during the Egyptian screening that Justin Sewell (my brother and through his company Despair.com a major supporter on The Unforeseen) texted with our first industry review. Among many comments, VARIETY's Robert Kohler wrote:
Laura Dunn's astonishing debut doc feature "The Unforeseen" is the kind of transformative viewing experience that has made the current period a golden age for nonfiction film. Fests will scramble for this prestige title, and bigscreen values demand a theatrical run.
So much of the festival was full of stress and anxiety. Would people like it? Would they hate it? Would anyone 'get' it? Seeing VARIETY's glowing review helped calm us down and really buoyed our spirits.