Throngs of people waiting in line outside the Racquet Club in Park City for a chance to see the film directed by Julian Goldberger, who made his feature directorial debut with "Trans," a film that screened at Sundance in 1999. Goldberger also wrote the screenplay for "The Hawk is Dying," which is based on a novel by Harry Crews.
The film tells the story of George Gattling, an auto upholsterer who lives with his sister and her mentally disabled son. George draws meaning from training hawks, a passion that intensifies when he and his nephew catch a magnificent red-tailed hawk and George perseveres in taming the bird even in the face of tragedy.
Giamatti plays George in the film, and was there for today's first screening. Michelle Williams ("Brokeback Mountain") also is part of the principal cast, but was not there.
"The Hawk is Dying" screens again at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the screening room at Sundance Resort.
Elsewhere, Park City Main Street today streamed with crowds of people hoping for celebrity sightings, and they were not disappointed.
Motley Crue's Tommy Lee dropped by the VW Lounge to pick up his swag, which included a large tote bag with a skull on the front of it. Also there were actor Crispin Glover and singer Rob Thomas.
Steve Carell of "The Office" was spotted with actor Greg Kinnear standing next to a vintage VW bus.
Armistead Maupin, author of The Night Listener and the Tales of the City series, attended a breakfast, and will be at Dolly's, 510 Main St., for a book signing from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday.