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Top Stories of the Sundance Festival

Another fabulous Sundance Film Festival has come to a close. This year’s festival again brought thousands of visitors to our area, and of course, plenty of fantastic films. This is the time of year when the glitterati, celebrities, and others come to our little town to revel in the atmosphere that surrounds the independent film world.

Activism Abounds

During this year’s festival, we saw plenty of activism come to the forefront. The Respect Rally gathered participants in City Park on January 20. This event was a follow-up to the Women’s March on Main that during the 2017 festival, which brought thousands of marchers to Main Street. While the city was experiencing a heavy snowstorm, it didn’t stop participants from gathering. The rally saw speakers such as Jane Fonda and Gloria Allred fire up the crowds to show support for the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements and to protest certain Trump policies.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

While many movie stars and celebrities strolled the streets, another type of noteworthy attendance was made: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg made an appearance at the festival and touched on her experiences with sexual misconduct and her feelings about the #MeToo movement. Her appearance at the festival was in conjunction of the premiere of “RBG,” a CNN-produced documentary about her life.

And Then There Are the Awards…

The festival awards ceremony is the highly anticipated pinnacle of the festival, as the winners of several categories are announced. There are actually four competition categories, and this year, each category’s directing prize went to a woman. The Grand Jury Prizes-Sundance’s highest honors-went to the following films:

” Desiree Akhavan’s “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” (US Dramatic)
” Derek Doneen’s “Kailash” (U.S. Documentary)
” Tolga Karaçelik’s “Butterflies” (World Cinema Dramatic)
” Talal Derki’s “Of Fathers and Sons” (World Cinema Documentary)

Other award winners included:

” U.S. Dramatic Directing Award: Sara Colangelo, “The Kindergarten Teacher”
” U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Achievement in Acting: Benjamin Dickey, “Blaze”
” U.S. Documentary Directing Award: Alexandria Bombach, “On Her Shoulders”

As we celebrate another fantastic festival experience, we invite you to come out and visit Park City. There’s the upcoming Presidents’ Day holiday, which is a wonderful time to visit with the projected new snow and plenty of events and happenings!

Check out our specials for this great time of year, and of course, feel free to contact us if you have any questions about our vacation rental properties! We look forward to seeing you soon!