So we made it out to Park City, and things are just beginning to kick into high gear. Snoop Dogg's at the famous Harry-O's Bar, Lou Reed's rumored to be around somewhere. Minor swag's everywhere hats with logos, flavored waters, Luna bars, Brita bottles and cans of Red Bull. Decked-out stars and gazers stroll up and down Main Street. What it's really all about, though, are the movies.
It's been usual for Sundance to open up on day one with a heavy-hitter featuring major stars in a film big enough that the term "indie" only barely qualifies, and play it in the massive Eccles theater this year they didn't do that. They still played in the Eccles theater, but for opening night film they picked an accomplished first feature by a young director, Dee Rees, that draws upon her own experience coming out in New York City.
Pariah tells about a young black woman who knows she's gay, but doesn't quite like the lifestyle of the only open lesbians she knows.