Calm Before the Storm @SundanceFest

So this is what Park City looks like right now. It’s been snowing and windy, but today it looks peaceful. Sidewalks cleared of snow. Volunteers roaming the streets preparing for the real storm ahead. It’s called the Sundance Film Festival.

In one more day, this:

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Main Street, Park City, UT

Will become this:

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An evening at the Sundance Film Festival in Full Swing

Run almost entirely by hundreds and hundreds of volunteers, the festival has been growing the last 4 years. The mood has shifted each one of those years for various reasons. But, it’s still an incredibly fun and well done festival that I can’t help but go.

The Sundance Film Festival has the unusually good fortune of providing the festival-goer with a personal experience; allowing you to get close and connect to film crew, directors, actors. You’ll be exposed to new technologies and art forms you’ve never seen before – and in some cases you may never see again. Not because they suck, but because they are unique, one-of-a-kind experiences the artists chose to share at Sundance.

With any good storm, you’ve got your forecasters and your weather guides to help you navigate the turbulent events. In the case of the festival, your guides are your volunteers and they will all be wearing the same gear. The color of their gear and their uniform jackets change from year to year, but they’re not hard to spot and THEY ARE EVERYWHERE. If you need help of ANY kind, walk up to one of them and ask. They’re trained, knowledgeable, and I’ve never run into one in a bad mood.

Sundance Film Festival is funny, fries your brain, challenges what you think you know or believe, and is never short on bold style, crazy fashion choices, and colorful people!

Robert Redford’s commitment to staying the course and providing a venue where a unique voice can jump off of the page and onto the screen is endless. He’s witty, thoughtful, and smart. And for filmmakers and festival-goers alike, he’s considered an open-thinker, adventurer, and ground-breaker when it comes to promoting arts and artists alike with his ongoing @SundanceOrg workshops. The opportunities are endless.

Sundance Institute Workshops

Come to Sundance. Kick it with us. There’s so much to do you’ll forget about sleeping. And you’ll feel great doing it!

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Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Fashion, Bold Style

Fashion Gone Wild, No Really!

A lot of changes on the strip this year means people trying new ways to express themselves. New edgy shops, fun shops, and downright trendy shops. Take a look at some of the new appearances at the Sundance Film Festival!

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Fur was predominant in many shops. Though the latest looks were mostly fun and sometimes beautiful to look at, I was disturbed by the increase in the use of real fur from many different kinds of animals (rabbit, beaver, alpaca, cow, and others), not to mention the fact that it was talked about so nonchalantly.

The fake fur pulls off the same effect and can be used in fun ways.

The gentleman in the “Sully” jacket as I liked to call it asked me if he had to look up after I asked permission. When I told him I didn’t want him to, I didn’t quite get the reaction I was hoping for!

Accessories are not only hand made locally, but can be equally gorgeous! A furry backpack might normally provoke a wtf, but here at Sundance, it could project a let loose playfulness and come off as confidence.

Incidentally, keep an eye out for my fave volunteer from last year with the furry boots and the giant Elvis sunglasses!!