Sundance 2020 is a wrap, and this year, the annual film festival did not disappoint. In addition to premiering some of this year’s most buzz worthy films including Tesla, Downhill, Welcome To Chechnya and Hillary: The Movie, Park City was host to an abundance of parties, activations and lounges that welcomed the top names in the industry.
First stop, the WarnerMedia Lodge: Elevating Storytelling, an all new re-imagined and re-designed entertainment and culinary hotspot for filmmakers and talent, welcomed and photographed the A-listers and filmmakers attending the festival. The lodge once again partnered with Jon & Vinny’s Italian Restaurant, the famed Los Angeles restaurant by James Beard Award-winning owners Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, that hosted daily lunches for celebrities and tastemakers, premiere parties and after-parties, industry panels, cast dinners and musical performances. Attendees included Anne Hathaway, Will Ferrell, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Gloria Steinem, Willem Dafoe, Ed O’Neill, Ethan Hawke, Molly Shannon, Alison Brie, Natasha Gregson Wagner, and many others.
The six annual Supper Suite by A-List Communications was THE hospitality hub held during the festival held from January 25-27. Led By KIA Motors and its award winning SUV “KIA Telluride,” the suite featured luxury brands Peroni, Glenfiddich Whiskey, Milagro Tequila, Original Penguin, Laundry By Shelli Segal, MOU, Berlin IC, and more. Guests who stopped the suite included Sienna Miller, Carey Mulligan, Alec Baldwin, Olivia Munn, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Will Ferrell, and many others.
With cuisine provided by Marbl Toronto, private cocktail receptions and dinners were held each evening for such films as Possessor, starring: Sean Bean, Andrea Riseborough, Christopher Abbott and Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tesla, starring Ethan Hawke, Jim Gaffigan, Michael Almereyda, Eve Hewson and Vincent De Paul.
De Paul was also featured at the 2020 Indie Entertainment Showcase, produced by Cloud 21 International and Kultura PR International, held on the afternoon of January 25, 2020 at Bodega Tapas and Wine. The by-invitation only, packed event was a major success, and featured a panel of top entertainment industry names. Joining the Emmy Award-winning actor and producer De Paul were Ali M. Aksu, international filmmaker, founder of filmmaker.ai and filmcapital.io; Renee Meriste, entertainment industry expert, author of You Are The Influencer; and Tracy Vicory-Rosenquest, writer, filmmaker, entrepreneur. Three time Telly Award-winning filmmaker Sue Vicory, creator of www.womendocumentaryfilmmakers.com, moderated the panel for a second year. Drylab‘s Brand Ambassador Chloe Domange was on hand to introduce the game-changing tool to the entertainment community attending the festival.
Music Lodge hosted the Associated Press Festival Headquarters for the 16th year, and featured live music performances, a Grammy viewing party, and exclusive gifting lounge. This year, the celebrities were asked to promote their causes on the Good Vibes Charity Wall. Film cast members and celebrities stepped out of their media appointments to sign the wall in support of their respective charities. Celebrities who took part included celebrity DJ Paul Oakenfold for English Heritage, who also gave special performance at the lodge, Anne Hathaway for Americans for Immigrant Justice, Viggo Mortensen for Doctors Without Borders, Kerry Washington for ACLU, and others. The wall will be donated to Music Cares.
Also this year, the annual ChefDance series by Mimi Kim and Kenny Griswold celebrated the remarkable women in food, film, business, technology, and philanthropy with Future Generations Now! Chef Melissa Perello’s delicious multi-course dinner honored Martha Stewart and featured Skyler Griswold’s moving spoken word performance, “Lucky Little Girl,” an original piece that places the spotlight of the immense daily struggles faced by women around the world. The poem is a call to action to support the tremendous humanitarian effort to build Wonderland, a girls-only orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico.