Who says you have to go to Hollywood, California to spot celebrities? In fact, the star-gazing is much brighter in the snow-covered mountains of Utah. If you were at the just wrapped Sundance Film Festival in Park City, you’d know that A-listers Jessica Alba, Alicia Keys, Ashton Kutcher, Jennifer Hudson and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, to name a few, were onsite and on center stage.
Celebrities take on new roles at Sundance Film Festival
Perhaps Keys is singing a new tune, as she has recently taken on the executive producer role in Jennifer Hudson’s newest movie, “The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete.” Jessica Alba took on the big screen in the premiere of “A.C.O.D” while Joseph Gordon-Levitt made his directing debut with the movie “Don Jon’s Addiction” and Ashton Kutcher channeled Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in the film “jOBS.”
It’s no surprise that Kutcher was selected to play Jobs, as he is well-known in Silicon Valley social network circles, and, added Kutcher, Jobs was “my hero.”
Nor Cal film brings home grand jury prize
In a nod to Northern California, “Fruitvale,” a drama based on the true story of Oscar Grant, shot to death at an Oakland BART station, brought home the grand jury Prize, as well as the audience award for U.S. dramatic film. “Fruitvale” is USC School of Cinematic Arts graduate Ryan Coogler’s first feature-length film and stars Michael B. Jordan. Director and screenwriter, Ryan Coogler is 26 years old.
Steve Hoover’s “Blood Brother” won the grand jury Prize for U.S. documentary; a film about his best friend who helps children with HIV in India. The movie also won the U.S. documentary Audience Award.
Did you know that the Sundance Film Festival is the largest independent cinema festival in the country? What were your favorite movies from this year’s festival?
For dates and more information on the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, visit http://www.sundance.org/festival.
Nancy D. Brown is a travel writer whose work has appeared online and in newspapers and magazines nationwide. An avid equestrian, she publishes writinghorseback.com and the What a Trip blog, Nancydbrown.com. When not traveling, she lives with her family near San Francisco, California. Follow her on Twitter @Nancydbrown.