Mad whirl keeps Sundance spinning

Full days of screenings, full nights of parties

While traffic started to clear from Park City’s roadways on Monday, the nighttime events remain jam-packed and fest attendees are getting increasingly bleary-eyed.

Some have a system to cope. “I’m sleeping,” said Picturehouse topper Bob Berney at his company’s reception Tuesday afternoon. “I’m just going to screenings,” he said. “No parties” — except his own, of course.

Monday night’s sked was full. Alternating among dinners, screenings and dealmaking sessions, industryites hit a number of back-to-back events. Several hundred made the trek to Deer Valley’s Stein Eriksen Lodge for Variety‘s 10 Directors to Watch bash. Afterwards, revelers headed down the hill to see the Beastie Boys play at the Gen Art/MySpace blowout. Others, including Terrence Howard and Doug Liman, stopped by William Morris’ party at the Shop.

At Cinetic Media’s party at Zoom, also Monday night, John Sloss and company whirled around the room as scads of distribs were angling for their docu “Wordplay.” “We need to figure how to get it away from Picturehouse,” one distrib said, surrounded by her team. Others whispered that Warner Independent and IFC had entered the bidding fray.

On Tuesday evening, as the Picturehouse and Sundance Channel afternoon bashes ended, William Morris Independent co-heads Cassian Elwes and Rena Ronson were feted by the Creative Coalition for their contributions to indie film.

Sony Classics toppers Michael Barker and Tom Bernard, meanwhile, were dining with “Don’t Come Knocking” helmer Wim Wenders and thesps Sam Shepard, Sarah Polley and Fairuza Balk.

(Ian Mohr and Pamela McClintock contributed to this report.)

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