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If you're bummed you're not in Park City this week for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival (like we are), there's good new.
The Sundance Film Festival kicks off in just two days, but believe it or not, there's still time to get tickets.
This year, films like Robot and Frank starring Frank Langella, Arbitrage starring Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon, and This Must Be The Place starring Sean Penn, are all going to be hot tickets, but we have a few last minute tips to help you get into all of this year's must see movies.
Once again this year the Sundance Film Festival is taking their show on the road.
For one night only, the Sundance Film Festival USA will pay a visit to nine cities across the U.S. Filmmakers will travel from the festival in Park City, Utah on Thursday, January 26 to introduce and screen their films and participate in a Q&A with audience members in participating cities.
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The 2011 Sundance Film Festival is right around the corner but if you can't make it to Utah , no worries as the festival is bringing its best films to a city near you.
The film fest will take place between January 20th and January 30th in Park City, Utah and will feature more than 200 new films including Kevin Smith's Red State and Morgan Spurlock’s documentary The Greatest Movie Ever Sold.
But this year, if you live near Ann Arbor, Brookline, MA, Brooklyn, Chicago, Los Angeles, Madison, WI, Nashville, San Francisco or Seattle, you won't have to leave home to get a taste of Sundance. On January 27, the Sundance Film Festival USA program will bring special screenings to each of these cities.
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The notorious British street artist Banksy premiered his first film, Exit Through The Gift Shop, at Sundance this week. But, true to form, he didn't allow it to be listed in the fest's catalog nor did he tell anyone about its place on the schedule until last week. This is no surprise coming from an artist who keeps his identity and whereabouts under tighter wraps than most people in the witness protection program.
The film is about street art, but it is also about Terry Guetta a.k.a Mr. Brain Wash, a successful commercial street artist. In the '90s Terry was obsessed with capturing his life on video. At the same time, he was hanging out with his cousin, the street artist Space Invader, who worked nights in France and Los Angeles covering the town with pixel aliens. Terry quickly became obsessed with street artists and, suddenly, his two passions combined. This meant for the first time someone was capturing the best graffiti artists in the world (including Banksy) working. The problem was, Terry's film sucked, even though he tried really hard, he just couldn't pull it off. This is where Banksy stepped in and decided to turn Terry's footage into Exit Through the Gift Shop.
Katie Holmes is the talk of the Sundance Film Festival this year, and not just because she's flying solo in Park City, UT, but also because she has two films in the fest that are getting a lot of buzz. Yesterday, Katie was spotted at the premiere of The Romantics at the Library Centre with co-star Josh Duhamel and his wife Fergie. Kate also took some time yesterday to pose for photos with one of the film's other co-stars, Elijah Wood, who reminisced about filming the movie last year on Long Island. "One lunch break," Elijah said, "instead of going to lunch, we decided to have a party at one of the holding houses. There was a little iPod dock, and we played very loud music and danced. And the girls were amazing."
The Romantics centers on Laura (Holmes), the maid of honor at the wedding of her former college roommate Lila (Anna Paquin ) and the love of her life Tom (Duhamel). The wedding provides the backdrop for a reunion of their friends who had the nickname The Romantics. But, The Romantics isn't the only film Katie's touting at Sundance this year.
Most of the hipsters who attend the Sundance Film Festival spend the week on the slopes, in a movie theater, or mingling on Main Street, but there are some pretty cool, offbeat attractions just outside of Park City, UT that they're probably missing. Here's a look at a few of them:
Temple Square, Salt Lake City
Even if you're not Mormon (or a fan of Big Love) Temple Square is one of the most fascinating places you'll ever visit. Spread out over three blocks in downtown Salt Lake City, nearly 20 Mormon attractions, including the Salt Lake Temple, the Tabernacle, and the Family History Library, are open to the public for tours daily.
The Sundance Film Festival, which begins on Jan, 21 in Park City, Utah, is only a few days away but don’t fret if you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, you still have plenty of options. Individual tickets just went on sale yesterday, though most movies are probably already sold out, its worth checking out. Follow this link and register to search for available screenings and pricing.Tickets can be picked up at the festival box office prior to screening.
If you're willing to make more of a commitment, there are still plenty of ticket packages for sale.
Check out all your options after the jump!
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By now you probably know, Jaunted did not send an embed to Sundance Film Festival this year. We decided to hit up the inauguration instead. Choices right? Anyway, that doesn't mean Sundance isn't in our travel thoughts this time of year. Thus, when Shira Lazar, one of our newest contributing editors, told us she was going to be at Sundance doing something with the Kutch, our interest was piqued. Turns out, she ended up winning the 24 hours at Sundance event. Here, she tells us how.
This was my fourth year at Sundance, so I guess you can say I'm a veteran. It was also the most unique year I've had in Park City, Utah. I was one of eight "social media mavens" chosen to compete in Ashton Kutcher's live online reality competition 24 Hours at Sundance. At 9am mountain time on January 17th, four teams went live online. We were given Nokia video phones, 20 dollars, an HP laptop and had our social networking communities in tow to help us through wacky tasks we would be doing until 9am the following day.
Those 24 hours taught me some great Sundance hustlin' skills that can also help you if you want to do the festival on a budget and/or you just want to see and be seen. Here's How To Get the Most Out of 24 Hours at Sundance.
Baya Voce, who like another cast member realized she liked DJing while filming a reality show for a cable channel that used to play music videos, will be hosting the fun tonight at The Star Bar in Park City. As it turns out, the Salt Lake City native has been to Sundance before but never to its exclusive parties, she tells The Salt Lake Tribune:
I was always the person standing outside in the snow, not getting in.
God, we know the feeling! During Sundance, The Star Bar competes with Harry O's for who can bring the most celebrity wattage while simultaneously causing blackouts on Main Street thanks to excessive sound and light equipment. (Seriously.) This Thursday, Star Bar hosts the Slamdance Opening Party while Paul Oakenfold and Mark Lewis will drop in on January 20. Harry O's meanwhile brings T.I. to town on Saturday. But who booked Chet Cannon?
Don't Drive: We know: It seems impossible to give up your wheels, particularly if you're coming from LA. But trust us, they don't say Sundance traffic's a bitch for nothing. The streets are backed up from dawn until well after sundown, and you're not going to find a parking spot anyway. Just take the bus.
That does it for our Sundance Film Festival coverage this year. We ate some good Mexican, we walked up and down Main Street God knows how many times, we toasted with the locals and we even got to chill with Cisco Adler. (Wait, is that a good thing?)
Hope you had a chance to follow our adventure on Twitter, in the Jaunted Flickr Pool and on our Sundance 2008 Map. And just 'cause we're done with the 'dance doesn't mean you shouldn't stick around: We've got lots more fun field trips planned this year.