One week to go!!

Hell yes I’m excited, but this is the part where you realize you’re running out of time. Normal life will take a detour in one week! @SundanceFest is about to take care of that!

Celebrities have it easy! They’re in. They’re out. Their publicists tell them what to do. Attending a film festival, no matter how well it’s laid out, can be like 50 planes circling an airport waiting for instructions. You’ve got to be your own air traffic controller! What you’re doing. When you’re doing it. Where you need to be.

At this point, I’m concerned about only two things.

Layers. And sleep. One you’ll need plenty of and the other you’ll get none of!

You need to stay warm. All the time. It gets cold man! Standing in lines outside as the snowflakes fall. Is it worth it? Hell yes! The Sundance Film Festival has its surprises!

Sundance Film Festival 2013

20 Feet From Stardom

In 2013, we stood in line outside the building we thought we were going to see the world premiere of the film 20 Feet From Stardom. The line traveled all the way down the sidewalk an entire block, people 4 wide. The snow came down gently, which doesn’t sound like a big deal, until you’re standing in line for 90 minutes!! It gets cold!

The film got a lot of hype and was the first film to get picked up for distribution that year. Some of the most notable backup singers finally get their due, but more than a tribute, the film is a recognition of the talent and sacrifice that many of these vocalists have invested in often challenging careers.

We decided it would be worth the wait. When the line started to move, we were excited. Soon, we’d be inside! As we walked past some of the covered glass windows, we could see inside. The Fray was performing live inside before the movie!! Seriously?!?! We’re going to see The Fray!!

But when we reached the front of the line, they pulled the red velvet rope across the front of us. “We’re very sorry!” the volunteer hollered down the line over the heads of everyone still trailing down the street. The building is full! Groaning. Moaning. Mumbling. “You’re welcome to wait! If two people come out, two can go in!”

We didn’t say a thing. This is how Sundance works sometimes. We knew we were at least 200 people deep when we got in the line.

After all, how could it get any worse? We had just partied our way through the playoff game @ Collie’s Sports Bar and Grill watching the @49ers lose to the Seahawks. Great game and great fans from both sides. We ended up buying a round of drinks for our corner of new friends that day.

The volunteer looked at us. We were still wearing our @49ers gear. “Rough game, huh?” Oh yeah, but it was a great time, we told her. Well, you’re in luck. I’m a 49ers fan. She lifted the rope and nodded her head. Get inside. Fast! We hugged her as we passed her.

When we went inside, it was packed, and it was standing room only. Where was the screen? How were they going to premiere the film in here? Turns out they weren’t. Turns out The Fray had left the stage and ALL of the stars from the film were going to treat us to live performances! With guest artists from groups like The Stone Temple Pilots! For more than 2 hours!!

Sundance Film Festival 2013, 20 Feet From Stardom

Sundance Film Festival 2013 Live Cast Performance – 20 Feet From Stardom

 

The walk back to the condo that night was not that cold. We had just been warmed up by the generosity of a fellow @49ers fan and the talent those ladies poured out of their souls that night. A performance never to be repeated.

Only at @SundanceFest !!!

@SundanceFestNow @SundanceLabs @SundanceTV @CooperDance @SundanceLive

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