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In Person at Sundance Film Festival 2023

By January 30, 2023February 5th, 2023Backstage Pass

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.


Listed in order of my favorites:

1. STILL: A Michael J. Fox Movie
2. The Longest Goodbye
3. Little Richard: I Am Everything
4. Judy Blume Forever
5. Radical
6. Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields
7. Polite Society
8. A Thousand And One
9. Theater Camp
10. 20 Days In Mariupol
11. Willi Nelson & Family
12. The Persian Version
13. Victim/Suspect
14. The Pod Generation
15. Drift
16. Going To Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project
17. Plan C
18. All Roads Taste of Salt
19. The Starling Girl
20. Squaring the Circle (The Story Of Hipgnosis)
21. Rye Lane
22. Run Rabbit Run
23. Magazine Dreams
24. Joyland
25. BlueBack
26. Fancy Dance
27. A Little Prayer
28. It’s Only Life After All (Indigo Girls)
29. Passages
30. Rotting in the Sun
Sarah Knight Adamson© January 30, 2023