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Published January 21, 2011 11:33 am

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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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