Your Sundance days are numbered
For name-brand indie filmmakers, Sundance is all about the big numbers, the dollars involved in buying and distributing a lucky few independent films. But for the rest of us, who are just trying to experience a little of the Sundance magic, here are some numbers that might matter a little more.
Getting up the hill
33 miles, or about 40 minutes • Distance from Salt Lake City to Park City (stretching into hours, if a storm hits Parleys Canyon).
If you have tickets and tenacity, you can see some movies
118 • Feature films to be screened at the 2011 festival.
81 • Short films to be screened.
95 • World premiere screenings.
10,279 • Films submitted and screened by Sundance programmers.
40 • First-time filmmakers.
750 • Festival sponsors, from Nalgene bottles to Acura to The SHOP Yoga Studio.
23 • Competition jurors, but only one, Matt Groening, is cool.
80 • Expected celebrities on the red carpets, depending, that is, on how you define "celebrity."
1 • Lou Reed, the musician who is one of a kind, performing at the Celebration Of Music In Film.
60,000 • Attendees expected.
Just 1 • Pandemics. Fortunately, it's a virtual creation in the multi-media New Frontier art exhibit: "Pandemic 1.0."
Data useful to 60,000 numbed and bedazzled movie-geeks
27 • Average Park City daily high.
7 • Average Park City daily low.
1 • Film that will make you feel better about Park City's weather, "Prairie Love" which was shot during North Dakota's worst winter recorded since 1936, with temperatures hitting minus 37.
5 • Parking lots for the hoi polloi, cash only, $10 or $20.
5 • Shuttle routes for the limo-challenged, which operate into the wee hours during the festival's peak.
12 • Shorts you can watch at home on YouTube.
Options to the "boom-town" dining prices during the fest
2 • Gourmet food trucks, Kogi Asian BBQ tacos from LA (sans truck), and Salt Lake's Chow Truck.
1 • Official bagel, the Brooklyn-based Bagels by Bell.
$1.50 • Price of the Powerbar you packed to eat on the shuttle between movies.
12 • Vintage Sundance posters for sale, dating back to 1990, $20 to $150.
6 • Sundance logo clothing items for women. Best bet? Kenneth Cole, down-filled, reversible vest, $98.
7 • Sundance logo clothing items for men. Best bet? Work-wear duck shell jacket, $45.
4 • Sundance logo clothing items for kids. Best bet? Infant onesie with snowflake logo. $20 (So cute and comfortable, why don't they make it in big boy sizes?)
3 • Baseball hats. Best bet? Festival cap, gray organic cotton, $25.
2 • Sundance instant collectables. Best bet? Recycled paper journal with repurposed festival film guide covers, $5.
1 • Photo of you and Zooey Deschanel: You should be so lucky.
There's more than just films
1 • National Ability Centers. During the festival, the nearby NAC, one of the world's leading adaptive outdoor recreational centers, offers lodging for individuals with disabilities.
1 • Places to see Sundance's edgy New Horizon art exhibit after the circus leaves town. Salt Lake Art Center, 20 S. West Temple, through March 25.
Purely useless trivia
127 • Most foreigners involved in making one film. "Life in a Day," culled from 4,500 hours of footage, all shot on July 24, 2010. First screening Thursday at 6:15 p.m. at the Eccles Theatre, Park City.
1 • Overachieving actor, Robert Longstreet, who's this year's unofficial Mr. Sundance, with roles in four films, and two producing credits.
320 • Filmmakers and programmers dressed in Timberland gimmes. You'll know them by their "Filmmaker Jackets" and Earthkeepers boots.)
1,670 • Festival volunteers.
1,670 • Kenneth Cole down vests issued to volunteers. (Presumably, Mr. Cole has never experienced a Utah mountain winter.)
2,200 • Timberland gloves issued to volunteers. (Yes, that's 530 extra pairs destined for thrift shops.)
Pockmarks on Robert Redford's face • Priceless.
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