11:50pm PT by Chris Gardner
What It's Like to Spend a Day on the Scene at Sundance
Nothing would make me happier than spending an entire day at the Sundance Film Festival inside a theater watching movie after movie after movie.
That is not what I did today.
Instead, it was event after event after event on Jan. 19, the first full day of the festival, packed with a lot of action on Main Street, per usual. Follow along below for a complete rundown of a very hectic Friday in Park City with special appearances by Ashley Judd, Terry Crews, Emma Roberts, Maria Bello and a night-ending performance by Daveed Diggs.
Read along for the rest of my day.
Been hearing lots about altitude sickness, effects of alcohol, how to stay in top health during #Sundance so I checked out solution stars veteran fest goers turn to which is latest craze: mobile, on-demand vitamin IV drips from local fave @beautylablaser. Also got masked! pic.twitter.com/Ss6pyU5oXT— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) January 19, 2018
Police cars, ambulances, fire trucks all on scene at bottom of Main Street as one official tells me that hotel guest had medical emergency. Though unconfirmed, they are saying, “Might be a heart attack.” #Sundance pic.twitter.com/sZaiB27dXZ— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) January 19, 2018
Hanging at #THRSundance lounge, had great catch up with @RobertsEmma (those bangs were fake, FYI) who is here with fiancé Evan Peters. She also met Maria Bello for first time. “I think you were supposed to play my daughter in, like, 3 movies,” Maria joked. See why #Sundance pic.twitter.com/4JOwdq0Kup— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) January 19, 2018
What it’s like here: said bye @RobertsEmma at #THRSundance, parted thru sea of fans on Main St, saw Chloe Sevigny ask traffic cop for closest pharmacy, went to #TwitterLodge where @IssaRae gave speech, @lakeithlakeith told me he couldn’t spill secret perf details #Sundance pic.twitter.com/RcMfUHTNsj— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) January 19, 2018
People love taking about films, star-spotting but I’ve had most conversations about snow and lack thereof. Local news said Thursday was busiest day of year on golf courses in town, around Salt Lake City. Be warned: snow storm is coming. Er, I mean, #winteriscoming #Sundance pic.twitter.com/CoxkAVvMOb— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) January 19, 2018
At #HereWeAre brunch (by @Twitter @ARRAYNow) @NolaBeth welcomes guests, whom she praises for “supporting, advocating and advancing most important issues of our time.” She loves working for Twitter which enables all voices to be heard, “This platform is about visibility” #Sundance pic.twitter.com/RE5xT0p6MY— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) January 19, 2018
amazing @TilaneJ announces some not so amazing news that her @ARRAYNow boss @ava couldn’t be here today, she’s home getting well but @IssaRae here to step in, help spread #HereWeAre brunch message for #Array @Twitter #Sundance pic.twitter.com/VXPgp6UkPn— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) January 19, 2018
“Why are you apologizing for getting sick, you work so hard,” @IssaRae on email her friend @ava sent her because she’s home with flu, couldn’t attend #Sundance, #HereWeAre brunch but Issa is fab replacement. Still, get well @ava pic.twitter.com/VXzQizYFIU— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) January 19, 2018
Just caught @terrycrews on Main St. He & wife Rebecca King-Crews just arrived. She’s never been, he’s here for fest entry Sorry to Bother You. I said sorry to bother him but did get quick invu. He knows people are eager to see what he does next; he’s into drama project #Sundance pic.twitter.com/TBYjLsCL7c— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) January 20, 2018
Crews, who made his Sundance debut eight years ago, also said that being in an indie is a good reminder of "why you're in the business." He addded that he's working on his first drama and "it's really, really cool." He expects to continue and he thinks it has a connection to his contribution to the #MeToo movement. "Especially with what has been going on with me lately, people are much more receptive to the serious side of Terry Crews. I’ll never stop being funny but some of the best actors that I’ve ever seen really specialize in comedy. It’s a natural progression, so I’m just getting started."
Everyone: “I want to go to Sundance!”— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) January 20, 2018
Everyone here: “Cool, you can come just save my place in line while I go find WiFi that works, a bathroom, coffee, something quick to eat, then the line may have moved.”#Sundance pic.twitter.com/oVqfrtKiBK
Just now in #Sundance: Tried to shake an agent’s hand but he declined. “I’m not sick and I don’t have the flu but I don’t want to get sick so I’m not touching anyone.” That’s what flu season has come to.— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) January 20, 2018
Just talked to an executive chef. New respect for those real heroes of #Sundance. He works 8 am until 2 am during festival to keep restaurant running. Next week, no time off because of #SuperBowl. And ski season means no break until April.— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) January 20, 2018
Just bumped into @AshleyJudd who is here in #Sundance for first time since she came for premiere of 2006 film “Come Early Morning.” She tells he she’s happy to have “feet firmly planted in Hollywood, remind people I love acting and want to continue to act.”— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) January 20, 2018
...It’s snowing! (And I was taking pics on Main Street like all day long!) pic.twitter.com/uE6p5Trwgg— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) January 20, 2018
I also bumped into @lakeithlakeith again who is now wearing wig after his secret performance. “I’m not sure what they thought of it,” he said humbly. But he’s manager confirmed that crowd loved it. I believe it. #Sundance pic.twitter.com/uRVo6V7Z9r— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) January 20, 2018
Night is just getting started, now @ #TNTxTBS Lodge for big TV party celebrating slate of projects featuring Luke Evans, Daniel Bruhl (who tells me he drove around LA taking pics of his big pink face on @TheAlienistTNT billboards for his wife, mother. #Sundance pic.twitter.com/92SnGZvFSd— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) January 20, 2018
Chance meetings at #TNTxTBS Lodge: Dakota Fanning chilling with sister Elle, Luke Evans and male friend and they meet @DaveedDiggs who is minutes away from taking stage to perform. #Sundance pic.twitter.com/gkes9JvhM3— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) January 20, 2018