Each January, the stars of indie film gather in Park City, Utah to showcase their latest offerings over the two week Sundance Film Festival. However, in addition to cinema, they also celebrate music, food and the latest innovations in lifestyle and technology at a full schedule of networking events, private dinners, luxury lounges and parties.
Some of Indie Entertainment Magazine’s top picks for 2019 include:
Canon Creative Studio
If you’re looking to experience some of Canon’s hottest, new camera and tech gear, this is a must visit venue. Also stop by for thought-provoking panel conversations curated by the editors of American Cinematographer. Canon will also offer complimentary filmmaker headshots by photographer Michael Ori, and host its annual toast to the cinematographers of the 2019 festival.
Chefdance, touted as the “biggest culinary feast,” will once again take place in Park City for its 16th year. The five-night series kicks off with celebrity chefs preparing their signature dishes for a celebrity, VIP and influencer crowd. Each year, founder Mimi Kim offers guests a unique, sumptuous gourmet dining experience in a relaxed classic environment. This year, Skyler Griswold, founder of FGNOW.org, will serve as the event’s keynote speaker.
DIRECTV Lodge Presented by AT&T
AT&T and DIRECTV will once again take over Heber & Main for an all-new, redesigned culinary meets entertainment hub for filmmakers and talent. The lodge will feature interviews and portraits with some of the top A-list actors and filmmakers attending the festival, and host daily lunches for celebrities and tastemakers, premiere parties, industry panels and cast dinners. Italian food favorites from Jon & Vinny’s Italian Restaurant, the famed Los Angeles restaurant from James Beard Award-winning owners Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, will also be served.
Indie Film Showcase
Cloud21 International and Kultura PR International will present the “Indie Film Showcase 2019” special event that will be held on January 26 at Bodega Tapas and Wine. The by invitation only event will feature top industry names, including Amon Barker, Allison Melody, Larry Namer and S.A. Williams, and will be moderated by filmmaker Sue Vicory. Event sponsors include Bodvar House of Rosés, Butcher’s Bunches, Carbonadi Vodka, Dr. J’s Natural, Femargent, GoDonut, My Power of One, Root Cocktail Mixers, Social Sparkling Wine and Tru Niagen.
Kia Telluride Supper Suite
Embracing the success of being a top food and fête film festival destination for celebrities and filmmakers each year, Kia Telluride Supper Suite returns for a fifth consecutive year. Each year, the suite by A-List Communications and its partners serve as a premiere hospitality and fine food destination celebrating the top films and Hollywood A-list attending the festival. The pop-up will again be located centrally on Main Street with cuisine by Greene St. Kitchen of PALMS Casino Resort, helmed by Chef de Cuisine Lanny Chin, and beverages by LIFEWTR, Tequila Comisario, Sensi Tuscany Wines, Blue Moon Belgian White and Dragonfly Coffee Roasters.
Tucked away in Deer Valley, the St. Regis Hotel will become the place to see and be seen. Each year, Bradford Rand brings together an excellent mix of luxury sponsors and special events. Guests looking to get away from the Main Street hustle and bustle, will fall in love with what Rand’s annual spot has to offer. Don’t forget to try the resort’s funicular ride.
Salesforce AP Music Lodge
Marketing guru Lisa Precious brings back the coveted Associated Press headquarters, Salesforce Music Lodge, to lower Main Street during the first days of the festival. Daytime activities include the AP portrait studio and a VIP hospitality lounge, featuring top products from QYKSonic, maker of beauty devices that simplify skincare, including the ZOE™ collection, and dōTERRA essential oils. The lodge, celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, hosts private happy hours and music performances, leading up to the evening’s legendary live music events. Definitely, a paparazzi hotspot.
Shabbat Dinner & Lounge
Presented by Shabbat Tent and the Chai Center, Shabbat Lounge on Main Street is a space for nourishment of the body and soul, and is open to all. The lounge is an Oasis of Chill where attendees can enjoy each other’s company, delicious food and drinks. A highlight each year is the Friday Night Shabbat Dinner.
WanderLuxxe, the coveted concierge service founded by film industry veterans Marti Hines and Lola Wood focused in the film and entertainment space, will return to the Sundance Film Festival this year announcing its brand partners and programming, including Costa Rica, a wellness daytime lounge featuring Sunlighten Infrared Saunas, Lululemon-led yoga classes, Stare Cosmetics, The Lovely Loba, Peroni, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Spyderwear, snacks by My/Mo Mochi and more, with an impressive lineup of activations and film celebrations. The WanderLuxxe festival hub will be bustling from January 25th through January 28th, debuting its new home on Main Street this year.
The new health, wellness, and CBD focused event platform from event industry veterans Axcess Entertainment this year will make its debut on the main drag. Founded by the Stanley brothers, Charlotte’s Web is the world’s leading brand by market share in the production and distribution of innovative hemp-based CBD wellness products. Daily events include panel discussions, experiential activities, happy hours, networking events, nightly dinners with The Herbal Chef and the CBD infusion bar open from noon – 1 am. @ThisIsWellhaus