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Day One

Day One

I woke up at 4:45 AM this morning. 45 minutes later than I planned. As usual in my life the one day I need to get up early, my alarm doesn’t work. I leapt out of bed after rolling over and looking at the clock, knowing that Matthew would be knocking on my door any minute. I threw on my clothes, dumped odds and ends into my bags just in time for his arrival. And the Sundance adventure begins…

At the airport we are so sleepy we get on the wrong tram, laugh, get back on the right one. We meet up with Jesse (who is wrangling special guests for the Festival), Brian and JD (from indieWIRE). Coffee filled and deliriously sleepy we board the plane.

At the Salt Lake airport Brian discovered the ultimate novelty…the Tombstone Pizza vending machine, from which he proceeds to buy an omelet and sausages. The machine spits out his breakfast without utensils and JD declares it “not organic in any way.” I still love technology….

Star sighting number #1: Lucy Liu at the SLC airport getting her luggage, surrounded by her peeps.

We part ways with the indieWIRE folks and take a taxi up to Park City to check in to our condo, which is about a quarter mile further down the road than we usually are. Not too bad except the temperature is in the 20s and by tonight it will be in the single digits.

Suzy is waiting for us at the condo and we all go over to headquarters to pick up our credentials, which turns into a wild goose chase, ending up with Cooper from Sundance helping us out. After a quick lunch, Matthew bolted to his first film and Suzy, Jesse, and I went to the Eccles for our first. Jesse got shut out and decided to do the grand tour of Main Street.

Star sightings #2-4: Nick Cave eating lunch in the same restaurant as us, Peter Coyote at the busstop with Matthew, and Jesse saw Patrick Dempsey on Main Street (“great head of hair on that guy”).

Suzy and I enjoyed OFF THE BLACK, but admittedly nodded once or twice. Nick Nolte, Timothy Hutton, and Sally Kirkland were there, but I only stayed for half of the Q&A and left for my next film, STEEL CITY at the Racquet Club. John Heard, America Ferrara, et al were there, but I was hitting the wall and didn’t stay for that Q&A either. Bad Shannon.

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