In the daytime, panel discussions will be held in Base Camp. One is "A New Deal?" (on Friday, Jan. 22), in which producers Ted Hope (head of production at Amazon) and Christine Vachon (Killer Films), among others, discuss how filmmakers can sustain careers with new distribution models and technologies. Another will feature a live version of Hrishikesh Hirway's popular podcast "Song Exploder," in which musicians — in this case, Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall — take apart their songs to talk about how they were made.
And the Base Camp will feature daily live-streams of events from the Cinema Cafe, in the Filmmakers Lodge (which is famously small and nearly always fills up).
Adjoining the Base Camp is video artist Chris Milk's massive installation "The Treachery of Sanctuary," part of the 10th year of Sundance's New Frontier program. "It plays with your shadow, in ways you can interact with it," Frilot said.
Wifi and power-charging stations will be on hand. Coffee, from Salt Lake City's Blue Copper Roasters, will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and a "happy hour" is slated from 5 to 6 p.m. At various hours, a food truck will serve Canadian food — including poutine (French fries with gravy and cheese curds), maple bacon, beaver tails (a fried-dough thing) and tourtière (a Quebec meat pie).
Why Canadian food? The venue's sponsor, and one of the festival's presenting sponsors, is the outerwear maker Canada Goose. The company is also debuting its brand campaign, "Out There," with a short film by director Paul Haggis ("Crash"). Visitors will get a chance to try on items from the company's fall/winter collection — which, if it gets as cold as it usually gets in Park City, may become the most popular activity at Festival Base Camp.