Lot 48: sundance film festival 2014

January 28, 2014

sundance film festival 2014

Well! I finally made it! After 4+ years of living in Salt Lake City, I finally made it to the Sundance Film Festival! You all know my guilt over Sundance, so take comfort in the fact that I have guilt no more! So prepare yourselves for lots of blurry pictures as I am a horrible photographer and only use my iPhone for pictures! 

We headed out on Friday night, which was perfect as I had just been offered a new job earlier that day! So to Sundance we went to celebrate! 
ps. parking was way easier than I thought it would be....

^^blurry picture #1.  i took pictures of everything that had Sundance on it.^^

^^awesome party house that we couldn't get into.^^

^^more blurry pictures of just walking up Mainstreet.^^

^^there were at least three people on both sides of me taking the same picture that I was.  It's iconic!^^

^^It was time to celebrate.  We ate at my favorite Park City restaurant, The Eating Establishment. They have this beer bread this just, mmmmmmmmmmm...  Taran had only been to Park City once (?!?!?) but my family vacation there every other year.  I got a warm hot chocolate and we sat by the fire.  I didn't take a picture of my turkey dinner. (gasp!) ^^

After dinner, we headed down the street to check things out. There was some paparazzi waiting outside the theater, and they were saying a film was ending, but I didn't want to stand there and wait as the temperature was this:

^^So we kept walking and I took a picture of this sign, because, how could I not. Welcome to the west, folks.  My mom would have thought this was funny.^^

^^I obviously had to stop in the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, because, why wouldn't you?? There was a huge crowd and a huge line. Taran bought me a chocolate heart. Swoon.^^

^^My friend works the sound for all the Sundance events and so I texted him earlier that day to ask what was goin' on and what we should do.  He said we should go to the YouTube lounge where he was doing the sound and it was open to the public. Brilliant!^^

Now things get craaaazy.  When we arrived at the lounge, we learned we couldn't get in and that it was a VIP event for a screening of the new movie with Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler.  So, there was this stupid glass separating me from Amy Poehler.  So I texted my friend and asking him if he could get us in, and he came outside saying "it's not even cool in there" and asking who Amy Poehler was.  This is the same man who said to Phillip Seymour Hoffman earlier that week "how do I know you? You look so familiar." Phillip laughed at him and then walked outside into a SEA of paparazzi.  Then Shawn felt stupid.  So, let's just not waste our time getting annoyed that Shawn doesn't know who celebrities are, even when he is a few feet away from them. Whatever, Shawn.   

^^So here I am, on the outside looking in! It was torture!^^

^^Amy was so close!! So close!!  There were a bunch of us fans standing there pressing our noses against the glass taking pictures.  A girl who had been there for a while said Amy turned around and waved at people a while ago.  I knew she was nice! ^^

^^But as we were taking pictures, some random people who were inside came over and started taking pictures of US.  I think it was to make fun of us, annoy us, or show us how annoying we were being??^^

Shawn tried to get us in, but YouTube corporate was there and he was having trouble sweet talking Taran and I inside.  I made a HUGE mistake that I will regret for the rest of my life when Shawn asked me question in front of YouTube people that I answered wrong, and if I had only said the right thing, I could have gotten in! Ughh! FAIL! MAJOR FAIL!  But! The night was not over yet! Because...


We saw Max Greenfield, who plays Schmidt from New Girl inside! We were all freaking out! So there were about 10 of us (when I say "us" I mean, people who were standing next to me who  I did not know but I felt like I was bonding with because we were acting ridiculous together.) 

^^We were yelling and waving and he could clearly hear us, so then he came over and made faces at us! It was the best!!^^ 

^^aren't those faces the AWESOME-ST?? Oh Schmidt.  You just made my life.  What a nice guy he actually is!^^

^^Look how many of us are watching them! I told you there were a lot of us! Look at Taran leaning against the wall because he doesn't care or know who celebrities are. Ha.^^

^^As we were waiting, someone said "oh look! It's Colbie! I turned and there she was!^^

^^Shawn told me that Amy and all the other celebs would be coming out in 15 minutes. So we (I) decided to wait. My feet were so cold and numb, I took a picture of my feet to make sure they were still there.^^

^^I knew Shawn was right because these vans came up and paparazzi was organizing as well.  But then the WORST THING HAPPENED.  My phone TURNED OFF.  As I was taking a picture of the van, the "20% battery remaining" notification came up.  I took this picture and then the phone TURNED OFF. NOOOOOOOO!!  With a dead phone and freezing feet, I threw in the towel and we went home.^^

Once my phone had warmed up once we got in the car, I  got a text from Shawn saying that Amy was coming out. It was sent 5 minutes after we left. Another major fail!!!

Even though this Sundance experience wasn't the best and there were some major fails, at least I went! And I can be better prepared for next year.  There were not a lot of people there as it was the last weekend of the festival, but I was sick as a dog for the first weekend! So, next year, I will be sure to do it right!

Hope you had a lovely weekend as well!

xoxo, Lauren

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