In college, I went to the Sundance Film Festival every year. It was a blast. My friends and I would show up, get in a waitlist line and watch a movie. It was a really casual scene. It was low key. It was fairly easy to get a ticket. There were a lot of ‘people’ who showed up and went to movies.
That was 15 years ago.
Now, if you want tickets, you need to register online in October. In December you get a time in January when you can buy the tickets.
Waitlist lines start at least two hours before the movie. And there is no guarantee you will get in. People stood in line for three hours in a snowstorm for the film Arbitrage and not one got in. (Amazing film by the way)
Paparazzi were everywhere. We ate very tasty Buffalo Burgers by a window and the WHOLE time we were there, about 40 people were standing around outside because there was a rumor Robert Redford was in the building.
Most of the people we met were in the film industry. We stood in line half the day and got to know fellow wait listers. Only one was there because she likes movies. We met one guy from Norway who ‘took a break’ from his medical residency to move to NYC and try to make it as an actor. I was in awe because I could not do that.
I did have fun though. We got into four movies and I liked two. One was nice and artsy but a little slow and one was so bad that I feel like suing everyone in it for my time. (I understand if a movie goes wrong but during the question and answer period the cast and director stated that they had INTENDED to make a bad movie. That should have been in the catalogue.)
It was a good time, but it made me nostalgic for the past and the ability to drive to Park City, find a parking space, and go to a movie. *insert sigh.