The Sundance Film Festival, located in Park City, Utah, is the largest independent film festival in the United States. Having covered it remotely for the last three years, I was anxious to attend in person. The festival started on January 19 and concluded on January 29. I arrived the day before with my agenda, which included; visiting the press office, checking out the location of the film venues while attempting to lock in my schedule. Securing a Hybrid Press Pass, I had access to in-person and online screenings, although not all films were available to view online. I screened 30 films and enjoyed the majestic snowcapped mountain feeling of being in Park City, along with cohorting with fellow journalists.
Luckily, I had flexibility in my schedule as I met Cady Coleman, an astronaut, who was the main subject of the incredible film “The Longest Goodbye,” during breakfast the following day. Her documentary film premiered at the iconic Egyptian Theater opening night of the festival, and I was invited to attend the Press Line (Red Carpet) on the third floor of the theater, along with one-on-one interviews with both Coleman and director Ido Mizrahy. To say my festival experience began on a successful note would be an understatement.
MY TOP 15 OF 30 I SCREENED, 99 FEATURE FILMS WERE OFFERED
Listed in order of my favorites: