Sundance Film Festival - 01/21/06
Get up early to head to the main box office. If you can't get tickets in advance, don't have a press pass, are not a volunteer or festival pass holder, the first step in trying to get tickets is to wake up waaaaay too early and head over to the main box office. They open up at 8am and sell whatever tickets they have available for that day.
I got there around 7:15am, which apparently is not early enough. The people near the front of the line had blankets and other sleeping gear, indicating that they had been there for some time, arriving much earlier than I was willing to do. I wasn't really near the door to the office when they announced that all of the screenings for the day were available by wait list only.
The second way to get tickets is to show up at the venue least an hour before the start time and get in the wait list line. They hand out numbers in the order you lined up and then start selling tickets about 15 minutes before the screening starts. For some reason, they don't actually count the number of seats available, because there's a chance that you could purchase a ticket, get into the theatre and not find a seat. At which point you'd have to go back to the wait list tent and get a refund.
I was going to try to wait list for the 11:30am screening, but was caught up in the duties of my actual job here in Park City. Crazy, I know, but what're you gonna do? The work was actually kinda fun. I was doing some "guerilla" marketing for the HD House, which included being driven around to various screening venues and gathering spots for festival goers and filmmakers and dropping off postcards promoting the HD House. Since we're not an official sponsor or anything fancy like that we have to do this on the down low. It's not really as sneaky as I'm making it sound, but I do have to be a little sly dropping the cards.
After all that, we headed back to the HD House. My duties are... well, they're not that intense. Mainly, I'm a greeter. I point people to the Viper or into our little theatre for one of the panel discussions that happen twice a day. In the evening, I actually was converted to mixologist as I was charged with mixing up batches of the "Infinitini," a cocktail celebrating the camera we're showing.
The drink is a mix of vodka, blue curacao and lemonade, garnished with a slice of fresh lemon. I think the recipe that this drink was adapted from was more like a real martini, meaning the lemonade was replaced by fresh lemon juice, making the drink more alcohol-y. We made them a little more drinkable using Newman's Own Lemonade, a nod to Butch and Sundance.
There was a good turnout, people got plenty tipsy and a fine time was had by all.
Sightings for the day: Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette and Steve Carrell walking by the HD House being interviewed.
Weather: Cold and clear.