CategorySundance

We’ll miss you Robert Redford

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Each year I tune into Sundance’s opening press conference. I love the Q&A with Robert Redford. He tells it like it is. This year Mr. Redford opened the festival by saying “This press conference has been going on for 34 years. Having done this for 34 years now, I think we are at a point where I can move on to a different place. I don’t think the festival needs a whole lot of...

Invocation for the Sundance Film Festival Visitor

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Thank you oh thank you Sundance Film Festival Visitor. Thank you for the millions of dollars you bring to our community each year. Thank you for screening films, so the rest of us can watch them on Netflix. Thank you for taking every hotel room, so we can ski fresh powder. Thank you for paying a $100 for a burrito, so our restaurants can survive. May you find a town that has metamorphosed into...

The Problem With Ordinances Like Banning Helicopter Landings

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Today the Summit County Council is likely going to put a temporary ban new helicopter landing sites in the Snyderville Basin. This comes after residents complained about commercial helicopter flights during Sundance. In recent weeks the Park Record has jumped in with articles like, It was Like a War Zone as Helicopters Buzzed the Basin. In the article a local resident says, “she was in her...

Park City Needs to Be Wary of Hubris Regarding Sundance

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The Park Record’s Jay Hamburger wrote an article entitled, Sundance moves forward, but is it too big? The article cited a conversation between Robert Redford and Park City City Manager Diane Foster. Apparently Redford “wondered [to Foster] if the festival was getting too big.” It also cited comments from an Associated press story where Redford said he heard, “negative...

Robert Redford Calls it Like He Sees It

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I’m not much of a Sundance person. I usually see many of the films, but not until they’ve found their way onto HBO, Netflix, etc. Yet, I always watch the opening day interviews with Robert Redford. Why? Because he calls it like he sees it. He not only provides a view into the “State of the Film Industry” but a view into the state of the world. He’s usually a few...

Human Trafficking at Sundance?

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I’ll chalk this one up to something I never considered… According to KSL, the Utah Attorney General’s Office went undercover at parties and red carpet events at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. What were they looking for? Human Trafficking. The Attorney General’s office defines human trafficking as “a modern-day form of slavery involving the illegal trade of...

In hindsight what was the perfect place for the Sundance UberCopters to land?

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With all the hubbub over WHETHER the Sundance UberCopter could land in Park City or Summit County, did we miss the more obvious question? Where was the perfect place for UberCopters to land? The Park City Film Studio. Nothing is going on there (that we know of) since Big Oil departed. They have plenty of land. They could have put in a helipad. They could have got permits. They are close to Main...

If We are Going to File a Restraining Order Against Uber for Helicopter Flights, Let’s Start Enforcing Everything On the Books

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If you’ve hiked Round Valley on a Saturday morning, it’s likely you’ve seen a white helicopter fly into town and set down in one of the housing areas to the northwest of Round Valley. In the last 3 years, I’ve seen the private helicopter (not to be confused with the medical choppers that land at the hospital) descend behind the mountains between Round Valley and Old Ranch...

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