It’s a big year for Sundance Film Festival as it celebrates its 30th birthday in Park City, UT, this week. For the last 3 decades, the next big moviemakers, critics, celebrities and film buffs have attended this annual event every January to be wowed by the best of independent films from all over the world.
The largest independent film festival in the US, Sundance was launched in 1978 with the help of Robert Redford’s company, Sterling Van Wagenen. Over the last 30 years, Redford has played an integral part in building the festival’s momentum and his mark is seen all over town, from his famed Sundance Resort, 5,000 acres on the slopes of Mount Timpanogos in Utah’s Wasatch Range to Zoom, his cozy restaurant located on Park City’s Main Street.
While Park City is overtaken by the film world for this 10-day festival, there’s a lot more to do in this mountain town for festival-goers. For Olympics fans, a tour of Utah’s Olympic park, where the 2002 Winter Olympic Games were held, gives you a look at Olympic memorabilia and, if you’re feeling daring, a chance to take your own bobsled run. After days spent in dark theatres, skiers and snowboarders will want a taste of the epic powder and amazing views of Wasatch Mountains. Powderhounds can experience the “greatest snow on earth” on the slopes of Utah’s Triple Threat– Canyons Resort, Deer Valley and Sundance Resort.
For those that love a free party, celeb spotting and swag (who doesn’t?), sundown at Sundance is when the fun really begins. The Sky Lodge on Main Street, an upscale boutique hotel and major hub hotel for the festival, is a can’t-miss party spot to bump into celebrities. Or if you want to talk film over some brews, head to Wasatch Brew Pub, Park City’s first brewery since Prohibition. Opened in 1986, don’t miss this popular pub on Main Street’s signature brew – the Polygamy Porter. You are in Utah, after all.
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