After a nostalgic 24 hours of severe pre-Sundance hustle here in Park City (grocery runs, schedule making, e-mailing returning, not being sold alcohol at the Utah State Liquor Store because you don’t have American ID), things have calmed down ever-so-briefly to allow for a brief rant here. This will be my fifth Sundance, and so far I’m liking the vibe that comes with that number. After a first festival that essentially can never be topped simply out of how shiny and exciting everything was with fresh eyes, my second, third and fourth festivals brought on a bit of jadedness where I wondered whether everything peaks the first time around. But now, I feel a greater sense of community here than I ever have in the past, and a much more clear focus on how much the festival has to offer beyond the clusterfuckery that happens after 9pm.
For the next 11 days the main site should be flooded with coverage, and here’s a bunch of pre-fest stories that might wet your appetite: