The direct flight from LA to Salt Lake City is basically Air Hollywood. Everyone is blackberrying ‘til the last possible second. When they tell us to turn off our electrical devices, everyone pulls out a script. I’m not exaggerating. I went to the bathroom at one point and counted. Every single row had at least one screenplayt. No wonder Utah hates this time of the year.
The drive in is quite beautiful. But once we took the exit for Park City, it became a nightmare. I’ve been coming to Sundance seven times over the last nine years and I’ve never seen it this bad. For the first time, I immediately regretted renting a car.
We dropped our stuff at our hotel, the Marriot Headquarters. A convenient locations as it contains all the Sundance offices and staff during the festival. Then, we headed off to Main Street Pizza and Noodle. It’s this pizza joint halfway up the main drag that doesn’t take reservations. It’s one of the only remaining places in the city that you can just drop in for a bite.
After that, we went to the ICM party at the Premiere Magazine Lounge. It was a madhouse outside. I’m not talking a long line. It’s like a miniature riot of self-important pricks. Imagine the G8 summit or the last train out of Nazi Germany… Only everyone is wearing cashmere.
My wife and I were at the front talking to the promoters, when a swell of people rushed forward. The bouncers grabbed each other’s hands and pushed back. I thought - Wow, now I know what it’s like to be a soccer fan. Christopher Buckley’s agent noticed us and finally got us in.
Once inside, we found an empty corner with our friends, and claimed it for ourselves. Lots of people who worked on Thank You For Smoking were there and all my buddies from Fox sat down with us. Funny enough, I used to be an ICM client, but I wasn’t harassed by any agents.
We didn’t last long, as I had press starting the following morning at 9am. As we were leaving, we passed the actress Bai Ling posing for photos on a red carpet wearing torn jeans and a bra top… Just in case you were wondering, it was around 14 degrees outside. Welcome to Sundance.