The Sundance Film Festival is held in Park City, Utah in January of every year. The gathering is the largest festival of independent films (meaning self produced, not studio backed) in the US. For 10 days this small city is besieged by approximately 45,000 visitors either involved in the film industry or wanting to be. I am familiar with this subset of “pop” culture having lived in Los Angeles for 11 years, however it was a first to personally experience such an amazing event. In a one sentence summary, it is the yearly ” Olympics” of independent film.
In these photos I attempt to provide a taste of the Festival —- free films (select films for local residents), free music, and lots of promo coffee and gifts.! Of course all venues were packed with several hundred participants. Certainly the bus shuttles (your’s truly as a driver) were standing room only.
On Day 3 we saw the arrival of the first blizzard of the season, dropping 24 inches of snow in 8 hours. Driving a 33 foot bus packed with City Folk revelers in a blinding snow storm is right up there with one of my more memorable adventures. Yes, People, we are talking about walking your walk. In Buddhist philosophy, samsara and nirvana are the same. That translates as “You can be in heaven or hell, it is determined by your state of mind”. Life has a way of pushing you out of your comfort zone. Hopefully the result is growth, or evolution, as the case may be.
As we move into the spring of 2012, I would hope that your growth experiences are helping you to find your place in nirvana. It would be wonderful to hear about some of your personal adventures. Please click back and forth on the photos as my photo editing skills are minimal!