Monday, January 23, 2012

Sundance Film Festival II

While those around us (producers, writers, directors) were caught up in their own dilemmas such as whether their films would be successful or not, the only dilemma I was ensnared in was what to wear. (What can a girl do?) Sundance may be the world's premier documentary festival, but Cannes it is not — in terms of dress. For one, it takes place in winter. Two, at 7,000 ft above sea level. Shoes have to be both fashionable and functional. High heels and snow don't gel. Fur coats and frost don't fraternize (and besides Sundance people are PETA-conscious). So it was with a heavy heart that I had to nix my vintage silver and fur-trimmed dress, and with an even heavier heart, my matching coat and accessories. Sartorial challenges aside, the poignancy of Searching for Sugar Man - directed by Malik Bendjelloul and produced by Oscar winners Simon Chinn (Man on Wire) and John Battsek (One Day in September) - made (for once) the dictates of fashion quite inconsequential. Don't miss this film whatever your attire...

Director Malik Bendjelloul flanked by John Battsek and Simon Chinn
(Searching for Sugar Man)

Some of the films at the festival

Such a great pic of Maggie Gyllenhaal

Yours truly

Loved this poster

The Imposter looks amazing (also Chinn and Battsek)

More fashion-in-the-snow moments at Sundance...

Kate Bosworth

Liv Tyler

Kate Bosworth and Michael Polish

A post-festival whirlwind tour through a rain-drenched Salt Lake City, produced (if Mormon architecture is anything to go by), an almost religious feeling...

And some Hipsta's...

Most extraordinary long grass - like a lion's mane

Salt Lake Mormon Temple

Closer to the Temple
We literally galloped through an amazing antique store called Anthony's Fine Art and Antiques in Salt Lake City. Next time, an entire afternoon needed...

Loved this oil of a nude (angle of the shot makes it look odd)

Best antler chandeliers EVER

A private performance by Rodriguez (pinch-myself moment). He always plays with his back to the audience...

Photographs by Craig Strydom and Philippa Berrington-Blew
(Pics of Liv Tyler, Kate Bosworth via here)

1 comment:

  1. All so holy crap exciting. Having grown up on Rodriguez like you and Craig... I might have peed my pants if he had done a private performance for me. xxx