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Explore off-screen options at Sundance

Alisha Self, Of the Record staff

Even if you don’t get tickets to screenings, you can still experience a piece of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. In fact, it’s easier than you might think to meet the filmmakers, enjoy live music and potentially schmooze with celebrities. All you need is a little know-how and perhaps a black outfit.

Venues

  • Filmmaker Lodge and Cinema Café

    Industry experts, burgeoning filmmakers, cinema fans and members of the press will converge at the Filmmaker Lodge in the Elks Building on Main Street. The venue will host a series of free panel discussions as well as provide information about filmmaking and industry services. Each morning at 10:30 a.m., Cinema Café will offer audiences the opportunity to engage with Festival filmmakers and other guests in an informal dialogue about their work. Those with Festival credentials (which come with ticket packages or may be purchased separately) are invited to visit the Lodge Jan. 22-30 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Sundance House

    The Sundance House will be one of the primary industry hubs during the Festival. Located at the Kimball Art Center, the venue will be open Jan. 22-30 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All Festival credential holders are welcome, as well as members of the general public as space allows.

    Main events at the Sundance House include "A Celebration of Music in Film," an evening with Lyle Lovett and John Hyatt, on Sunday, Jan. 24, at 8 p.m. (credential holders only); a Roundtable Discussion of music, film and the creative process on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 11 a.m. (public welcome as space permits); and the BMI Snowball Music Showcase, featuring a live audio/video montage by DJ Thomas Golubic, on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 6 p.m. (credential holders only).

  • New Frontier on Main

    New Frontier may be one of Festival insiders’ best-kept secrets. The media lounge-slash-Festival museum will feature a collection of digital art, film screenings, multimedia performances, site-specific installations and video presentations created by 13 artists from six different countries. The venue will also host a digital workshop for feature filmmakers, live panels, discussions with artists and live performances in a comfortable and creative environment.

    New Frontier will be set up on the lower level of the Main Street Mall from Jan. 21-30. Regular hours are noon to 8 p.m., with shortened hours on the opening and closing days. Admission to the venue is free and open to all credential holders and the general public as space permits.

    Music

  • Sundance ASCAP Music Café

    The Sundance ASCAP Music Café has moved back indoors this year and will be located in the Stanfield Fine Art Gallery on Lower Main Street. The public is welcome and those 21 and over are invited to check out live performances by emerging and established artists alike. The lineup boasts a bevy of musicians including The Fray, LeeAnn Rimes, and Samy & Ruby. Hours for the Music Café are Jan. 22-29 from 1:30 to 6 p.m.

  • Access Film-Music Showcase

    Although it’s not officially affiliated with Sundance, the Access Film-Music Showcase is designed to complement the independent atmosphere of the Festival. It’s where up-and-coming artists converge to connect with filmmakers and industry professionals. The showcase runs Jan. 21-31 with daily performances at The Spur Bar & Grill, Wasatch Brew Pub and J.B. Mulligan’s.

    Panels

    Aside from filmmakers and actors, the Sundance Film Festival draws a diverse group or world leaders in fields ranging from science and technology to global issues. Special panels give locals and Festival-goers the chance to engage in debate, critical insight, and in-depth conversation face-to-face with today’s brilliant minds. Tickets to panels are available to the general public and can be purchased online, at the box office, or by waitlist.

    This year’s panel events include:

  • "Can’t Be Done! ," a discussion about poverty, public education, and global warming with Muhammad Yunus, Geoffrey Canada, and Lester Brown, at Prospector Square Theatre on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 2:30 p.m.
  • "The Doctors Are in the House! A ‘Rethinking Distribution’ Omnibus," which explores the current state of independent film distribution, at Prospector Square Theatre on Monday, Jan. 25, at 2:30 p.m.
  • "The Many Faces of Anna Deavere Smith," a conversation about process, culture and politics with NPR’s Michele Norris and performer/artist Anna Deavere Smith, at The Egyptian Theatre on Thursday, Jan. 28, at 3 p.m.
  • "Art in America," a discussion about rethinking the relevance of film and art in the national dialogue, at Prospector Square Theatre on Thursday, Jan. 28, at 11:30 a.m.

    Free daily panels at the Filmmaker Lodge are also offered to those with credentials. Topics include "The New War Stories," "Saving Democracy, One Story at a Time," and "Speaking Truth to Power: A Film and Social Justice Roundtable."

    Getting In

    If recognizing the variety of off-screen events open to credential holders has made you eager to get your hands on one of those lanyarded passes, there’s still an opportunity to purchase an official SFF10 credential. For $200, you can gain access to the Sundance House, Filmmaker Lodge, New Frontier on Main, daytime admission to the Sundance ASCAP Music Café, and the Salt Lake City Café throughout the Festival. Credential holders must be 21 to enter the ASCAP Music Café as well as the Filmmaker Lodge.

    For more information or to purchase credentials for the 2010 Festival, visit http://festival.sundance.org.


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