For over a decade, editors of UNO's Journal of Religion and Film have traveled to Park City, Utah, to join film lovers from around the world for Robert Redford's showcase of independent film, the Sundance Film Festival.
Nestled in the Wasatch Mountains, Park City is a ski resort that takes ten days out of its busy ski season to welcome more than 50,000 movie fans, movie makers, celebrities and press. Park City has a permanent population of about 7,500 people.
The Journal of Religion and Film covers the fest because it includes independent films that our readers are not likely to encounter at their local cineplex. We usually review more than 20 movies related to religion or religious themes. The Journal also has the opportunity to interview filmmakers, attend press conferences and cover the red carpet.
Most screenings are held at the Holiday Cinema complex, about six blocks walk from where we stay, but occasionally we get to take a walk on Main Street. Main Street is packed with fans hoping for a celebrity sighting. On Main Street we have seen such celebrities as James Franco, Rutger Hauer, Kathy Baker, Denise Richards, Chris Cooper, Anne Heche, Ben Affleck, and Donatella Versace.
We leave for Park City on Thursday and we invite you to join us as we cover the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
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Bill Blizek can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org