Every year, the annual invasion of Hollywood to Park City leaves behind memories of red-carpet moments and eye-popping scenes that make us forget the exhausting schedule, the January weather, and the endless lines. Here’s a collection of memories from the 2013 version of the festival.
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When » Pre-festival interview on Jan. 13
Where » Interview conducted in Tribune newsroom
What happened » Neil Drumming was talking about his Slamdance film "Big Words." "I’ve been to Park City several times, initially as a journalist covering the festivals for Entertainment Weekly and later simply as a fan," he said. "I have fond memories of popping Airbornes, chugging a Red Bull and trying to squeeze six movies into one day. I remember seeing ‘Half Nelson,’ being completely blown away and then having the pleasure of interviewing Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, two brilliant filmmakers. I remember running into Lee Daniels randomly on Main Street and him urging me to go see his movie, ‘Push’ aka ‘Precious.’ When we finally got into the second screening, it was packed with people who had caught the buzz as well.
When » Friday, Jan. 18
Where » ChefDance dining room
What happened » Before the 300 dinner guests arrived, I sat down with co-founders Kenny Griswold and Mimi Kim to talk about the 10th anniversary of ChefDance. After our chat, I was able to get a close-up look at the works of iconic photographer Norman Seeff hung throughout the basement dining room. If you don’t know Seeff’s name, you’ll definitely know his most famous work: the black-and-white photo of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Seeff loaned Griswold 20 of his most memorable images for the event, including portraits of Ray Charles, Whitney Houston, John Belushi, Johnny Cash, Cher and Mick Jagger. I know ChefDance is supposed to be about the food — and I really did love the white chocolate bread pudding that night — but these photographs were the night’s biggest treat.
When » Dave Grohl’s Sound City Players concert on Friday, Jan. 18
Where » Park City Live, 427 Main St., Park City
What happened » This sold-out concert was party to celebrate the Sundance debut of Foo Fighters’ frontman Dave Grohl’s directorial debut "Sound City," with musicians from the film showing up to make the three-hour-plus performance consistently surprising and hair-raising — in the very best way. My favorite moment came when Grohl switched from guitar to drums, and then Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear appeared onstage, along with Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen and Stone Sour and Slipknot singer Corey Taylor. With the surviving members of Nirvana — Grohl, Novoselic and Smear — playing along, Taylor led the all-star band through a rousing rendition of the Cheap Trick anthem "Surrender." Music never sounded more vibrant and celebratory.
When » "Linsanity" premiere on Sunday, Jan. 20
Where » The MARC
What happened » Two gentlemen watching the documentary about Jeremy Lin — which noted the racism he has experienced — gasped in all the right places. Before the screening, they discussed business associates and spoke derisively of "the typical Asian behavior" of one of them, oblivious to their own racist stereotypes.
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When » Monday, Jan. 21
Where » Shuttle stop in front of parking Lot G
What happened » Arrived at the shuttle stop at 11:50 a.m., which I thought was plenty of time to make it to Main Street for a 12:30 p.m. meeting. I waited and waited along with two other Salt Lake City residents — and an overly chatty parking attendant — for a ride. Over the next 30 minutes, three buses headed for other venues — not Main Street — arrived at our stop, picked up no one and left. By then two more people arrived at the stop saying they, too, were headed to Main Street. Finally, at 12:22 p.m., the Main shuttle arrived — followed immediately by another Main Street bus. The first bus was quite full, so the parking attendant suggested the five of us get on the second one, which we did. The first bus pulled away and the second bus remained at the stop until 12:30 p.m. Needless to say, I missed the meeting and got off the bus, wondering how to get my $10 parking fee reimbursed by the newspaper. Next year, I’ll have to download the GPS shuttle app.
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