there's no sleep at Sundance part 1

If I had a bucket list of items to complete, I would have crossed off attending the Sundance Film Festival off that list this past week. I had the privilege of spending a week in Park City on behalf of a client.  If you work in the PR or event industry, you know that when you go to work an event – you are literally working every minute of the day. There is no down time. You are on all the time, with the client and putting out fires left and right to make sure the consumer experience runs smoothly and maybe sleeping 5-6 hours a night.

Morning view of Main Street
So, my Sundance trip was a bit different than the average attendee and it was utterly exhausting, exhilarating, amazing and an emotional trip from working nonstop to seeing celebs up close and seeing some of the best movies of the festival. There’s something about independent film making that I love. These films are the underdogs of sorts. The films that could, the stories that people believe so passionately in that their project and can take up to 9 years to make (like A.C.O.D (Adult of Child of Divorce) did. These are the producers and directors that you root for and feel that much more connected to once you hear them speak after the film about why this story needed to be told.

at Montage at Deer Valley

Because of our work for the week, my coworker and I were able to see the beautiful mountain views from the Canyons to Deer Valley to the inside of the theaters to dining at some of the most delicious restaurants to the awards ceremony hosted by the scrumptious Joseph Gordon Levitt who “fucking loves independent films.” (He said this about 5 times.)
with my coworker Katelyn at the awards ceremony

And celebrities you wonder? Oh yeah. We saw them up close and personal because they were interviewing where our client was posted up for the 10 days or were lucky to attend the premieres to hear from the cast after the film and the awards ceremony.

Jessica Alba – skinny as hell with a perfect bold lip and a kick ass YSL purse
Stars from A.C.O.D.

Adam Scott – Great head of hair and about 5’10” and made me laugh hysterically through A.C.O.D

Amanda Seyfried – Short and super bubbly and had about 6 handlers with her
Lovelace star with big glasses
January Jones – Needed a vanilla latte to do her interview and is super skinny. The chick had a baby and you would never know – she is back in tip top shape.

Dave Grohl – Probably the most genuine and down-to-earth guy in Hollywood – I mean, he is from Ohio….
Dave Grohl - coolest guy ever

Ashton Kutcher – Ummmmm hello Kelso, you are more gorgeous in person and sans Mila. (Demi came separately earlier in the week.)

Ashton with Josh Gad and writer and director of jObs

Lake Bell – Awesome sleeveless leather dress at the awards ceremony and winner. She seemed a bit spacey but I mean the girl won an award AND was at Sundance for it. She was so genuinely excited when she accepted her award and who didn’t love her in “How to Make it in America” on HBO?

Balthazar Getty – Remember him from Brothers & Sisters. Has that whole salt-and-pepper-hot thing going on.

Peter Sarsgaard– You have one hell of a beard.

Josh Lucas – You stole my heart in Sweet Home and rocked it in Big Sur.

Chris Noth – While we almost ran into each other, I’ll forgive you, Mr. Big. 

Kate Bosworth – Needs to eat some pasta. Holy skinny – her leather or pleather or whatever kind of vegan leather dress she had was literally  hanging off her small frame with these short white go-go boots.
The cast of Big Sur - Kate Bosworth, Josh Lucas, Balthazar Getty

Joseph Gordon Levitt – You have nailed the whole “hipster-adjacent” thing as my client quoted, terrific host of the awards and I wish I could have seen Don John’s addiction.

JGL looking hipster adjacent like

Up next in Part II? The fashion and my best summary/critique of the movies I saw for the week.



Heather said...

Joseph Gordon Levitt is seriously dreamy. As is Balthazar Getty and Josh Lucas. Damn!!

CLEshopaholic said...

JGL swoon. Its funny when you see him on old episodes of Third Rock -- I almost can't believe he grew up into the "hipster adjacent" hotness that he is!

Jen @ Why CLE? said...

What an amazing experience! Josh Lucas...I die!

Crystal @EatDrinkClev said...

I'm such a huge indy film fan and add in all the celebrities sighting and I'm swooning just reading this! Ah-ma-zing!

fabulouslytabitha said...

what an incredible experience. jealous over here. cannot wait to read about the fashion and the critiques of the movies!

OBM.cle said...

so jealous. what an awesome experience!

Anonymous said...

SO jealous. isn't that what you're blog is all about? bragging and showing off?! omg you go gurl! you're the worst!

Katelin said...

i mean of course i'm so jealous of this. looks like the best time if not a crazy time. love the great celeb sightings!

Beth @ CraveableCleveland said...

um, that's a pretty sweet job you have - my job only ever sends me into the office, hehe. what an awesome experience!!

Alana said...

how awesome. that beats sitting behind the desk all day!!

Jessica (Bayjb) said...

So jealous of your celeb sightings, we had no luck! But Sundance was amazing, I'm so glad you enjoyed it!