With the 2019 Sundance Film Festival just around the corner, we’re filling up our calendars ahead of the January 24th start day. The festival which runs until February 3rd will bring out some of Hollywood’s biggest talent as well as an array of unique newcomers. Outside of the line-up of compelling screenings, there will be plenty more to fill your days with. From concerts to lounges and panels, we’re highlighting what’s on our radar.
What to Watch
After receiving a record-breaking 14,259 submissions from 152 countries, Sundance narrowed down the list to 112 feature films. Here’s are the ones we have our eyes on:
A political thriller by Scott Z. Burns, The Report centers on the brutal interrogation tactics used by the CIA after 9/11. Adam Driver, Annette Benning and Jon Hamm lead the cast in bringing the story to life. The film highlights the tireless efforts of Daniel Jones (Adam Driver), who lead the largest investigation in U.S Senate history to compile evidence for “The Torture Report,” which spanned almost a decade and was completed in 2014.
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile
Zac Efron heads in a new direction with his career by taking on the role of notorious serial killer, Ted Bundy in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. The film by director Joe Berlinger sees Lilly Collins in the role of Liz Kloepfer who falls for Bundy before realizing that she may be in love with a psychopath. The film provides a gritty look at the life of Ted Bundy and the murders that he committed.
When the matriarch of a Chinese family is given a terminal lung cancer diagnosis, her family rallies together for one final goodbye. The family travels to China to put on a wedding as a means for the family to bond while also say their goodbyes to grandma. The film explores both the sorrow and the joy that accompanies the family along this journey in a very touching way. Awkwafina also has a breakout role in The Farewell.
Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo star in The Velvet Buzzsaw, which takes a dark and humorous look at the world of art dealing. The film acts as a spoof on the art world as it depicts what can happen when someone stands to benefit from art that was never intended to be sold in the first place. The film is a Netflix original and it will be launching on the streaming service on February 1st.
Anthropocene: The Human Epoch
This documentary is the third part of a three-part series that first premiered at Sundance in 2007 (Manufactured Landscapes). This latest installation, Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, took four years to create and takes us across the globe to show the dire impact that humans have had and continue to have on the planet. As the effects of climate change are becoming more prominent, this documentary will hopefully open up our eyes and push us toward action in salvaging planet Earth for future generations.
What to Do
There’s no shortage of things to do at this year’s festival from lounges to panels and parties, we’ve got you covered. This year’s Sundance once again sees a mix of great lounges popping up for the occasion featuring a ton of goodies and entertainment. There will also be a number of insightful panels taking place that are both invite-only and open to the public. And of course, no festival would be complete without the parties. We may only be in town for the first weekend, but here’s where you’ll find us:
The Fly Lounge
Produced by Imagine events, the Fly Lounge is a multi-dimensional pop-up featuring everything from panels, workshops, VR and AR technology demons to a rejuvenation station by day, and performances from the likes of the Wu-Tang Clan in the evening. The Fly Lounge is a one-stop shop for everything you may need. Whether you want to visit the Rejuvenation Station and Hangover Haven presented by cannabis networking software NUGL if you partied a little too hard the night before. Or if you’re more interested in experiencing the latest in VR and want to get an exclusive look at the first Virtual Reserve called the Wild Immersion endorsed by Jane Goodall.
Wanderluxxe Filmmaker Lounge
For the third year in a row, the Wanderluxxe Filmmaker Lounge will host film premiere parties, a wellness lounge, Yoga sessions powered by Lululemon, panels and a media lounge. This year Wanderluxxe has partnered with Essential Costa Rica as their host sponsor, as well as partnered up with an array of brands to bring their guests infrared saunas (Sunlighten), makeup sessions by Stare cosmetics, skincare by The Lovely Loba, and of course, we can’t forget the drinks sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Peroni and snacks by My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream.
Sundance TV HQ Panels
Sundance TV HQ is hosting a number of panels this year and many of which are open to the public. We’ll be checking out the ‘Close Up with the Hollywood Reporter Live: Actors Panel’ and the ‘Women Breaking Barriers: Where Are We Now?”, which are both open to the public.
While there will be plenty of places to party during Sundance, Snowfest will be happening at the same time and sees Diplo, G-Eazy, and Marshmello performing over the weekend (24th-27th). Get your tickets here.