What Sundance Film Festival Is Really Like

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Sundance Film Festival marks the time to see and be seen in Park City, as A-listers and influencers make their annual pilgrimage to the snow-filled city for a week full of cinematic greatness. Taking us behind the scenes this go-around is blogger Sophie Elkus, who spent time in the idyllic town hopping from events to screenings to the slopes. Here, she shares highlights from her trip for an inside look at the big-ticket event.

Sophie Elkus' Sundance Diary

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"So excited to arrive at Sundance! My daily essentials consisted of festival credentials, cashmere gloves and Karen Walker sunnies."

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"We stopped for a quick bite in between screenings at Yuki Yama on Main Street, the best place for casual sushi. You have to order the 'Mr. Miyagi' roll."

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"Dressing warm but stylish in the snow is a challenge, but I think I get better with each passing year. Here I'm wearing a Paige plaid shirt, Unreal Fur coat and Helmut Lang leather leggings."

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"A beautiful day at Sundance HQ on Main Street. During the rest of the year, Main Street is a quaint and quiet little area. But come festival time, there are tons of pop-ups and stages designed, installed and painted just for the big event."

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"The trolley at Main Street is my favorite part of this shot—a little historic touch to a town otherwise transformed for Sundance."

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"Marianna Hewitt and I attended the premiere of the Michael Jackson documentary, director Spike Lee’s masterpiece covering the early years of MJ’s career. I loved the never-before-seen footage of his concerts and teenage interviews. The film portrayed him well; as an energetic, hardworking, extremely talented yet complicated legend."

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"Gray Malin stopped by our house early one morning to see his newly hung ski prints over the fireplace—he’s my favorite! It was also his second year at Sundance, scoping out scenery to photograph."

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"Another one of my favorite cold-weather outfits: I love this white fringe jacket, L’Agence jeans and Stuart Weitzman boots."

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"The Egyptian Theater on Main Street is iconic. I grew up seeing musicals and plays here over Christmas as a kid, so it’s fun to come back during Sundance."

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"I stopped by the US Weekly x BeGlammed Lounge on Main Street and caught a glimpse of AnnaLynne McCord’s on-camera interview."

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"Moments before the doors opened at the TAO pop-up on Main Street, which is the biggest party of the weekend. Vox Productions had just finished setting up the red carpet, lights and stages."

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"Naturally, I took a break from screenings to ski at Deer Valley—I had to fit a day in somewhere!"

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"We took a break for lunch at Talisker Club, a private little retreat from the slopes that overlooks all of Deer Valley."

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"My Après-ski casual look—a cozy Moose Knuckles coat and Stuart Weitzman booties."

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"We escaped to the Montage Hotel for Sundance after-parties. Each night the hotel hosted a DJ or band—this night it was Paul Oakenfold."

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"The Montage had a daily s’mores bar overlooking the slopes. Safe to say I was always on time!"

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"Ran into Jacey Duprie inside Veuve Clicquot's incredibly chic yurt. The interior was designed by Gorsuch, and Veuve supplied the bubbly. We stayed for a 3-course champagne-pairing dinner and received a lesson on champagne from Veuve—it was such a memorable night."

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"Cheers to an amazing Sundance Film Fest! Until next year..."

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