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Indiewire's Survival Guide to Park City and the Sundance Film Festival: How Not to Collapse

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire January 19, 2012 at 1:38PM

Most of the Indiewire team is here in Park City for the long haul. We know, despite what your friends may say, how exhausting it can be to spend 10 days watching movies.
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The scene at the Sundance Film Festival. Photo by Peter Knegt.

Most of the Indiewire team is here in Park City for the long haul. We know, despite what your friends may say, how exhausting it can be to spend 10 days watching movies.

So we've taken to Twitter, talked to our friends and searched our souls for the best tips to surviving your time in Park City.  Here's what we've pulled together:

Skip the most overcrowded parties: Unless your idea of a good time is being stuck in a mob of sweaty drunks who have little interest in the films, steer clear of parties headlined by major recording artists. Don't be tempted; you're better off elsewhere. [Indiewire Assistant Editor Nigel M. Smith, @nigelmfs]

For post-screening drinks but no party to go to: No Name Saloon (447 Main Street) [Indiewire reader Jason Stevens, @sundancejason]

An interesting appetizer on Main Street: The sugar cane-skewered elk at Chimayo (368 Main Street) [Indiewire reader Jeffrey Williams, @jeffrey723]

Best place to get away from the hullabaloo for a bite on Main Street: Vietnamese food at Taste of Saigon (580 Main Street) [Indiewire Editor-in-Chief Dana Harris, @theknife]

BURGERS!: Flippin' Burgers (1300 Snow Creek Drive) [Sundance publicist Brandon Rohwer, @brandonRohwer]

A nice, peace-and-quiet art-filled walk: The Park City community has installed some art objects along a walking path that runs parallel to Deer Valley Drive from Bonanza Drive and Main Street. [Indiewire Contributor Bryce J. Renninger, @feelingsoblahg]

Late-night cigarettes? Late-night VitaminWater? Late-night hot dogs? Your only choice: The 24-hour 7-Eleven (1500 Park Avenue and 1723 Sidewinder Drive) [FilmBuff head Matt Dentler, @MattDentler]

Stuck in front of a TV on a weekday morning? Make sure to catch: "Good Day, Utah!" It's Utah's version of "The View." [Former Indiewire Editor-in-Chief Eugene Hernandez, @eug]

Don't forget about the NFL playoffs: There's a New York and a California team playing this weekend (not that those who care haven't already carved out the time) [Indiewire Contributor Jason Guerrasio; @JasonGuerrasio]

Be aware of Utah liquor laws: If you're interested in wine or liquor, there are two state liquor stores (460 Swede Alley and 1550 Snow Creek Drive); otherwise, pick beer up at grocery stores. If you're not an American citizen, remember to bring your passport; they won't accept any other proof of age.  [Indiewire Senior Editor -- and expert on being refused liquor at Utah state stores -- Peter Knegt; @peterknegt]

And finally, some practical advice from our hard-working critic: Take protein bars with you everywhere and avoid alcohol for the first two days or so to adjust to the high altitude. [Indiewire Chief Film Critic Eric Kohn; @erickohnEditor's note: The validity of the last half of Mr. Kohn's suggestion cannot be confirmed by the rest of the Indiewire team.

This article is related to: Sundance Film Festival, Sundance 2012 News, Features