Snowy Sundance heats up

Events, preems bring buzz to fest

he snow may have been falling on Main Street but there was no stopping industryites heating up the town at the Sundance Film Festival.

Following the opening night screening of Irish laffer “The Guard” on Thursday, cast and crew all descended upon the Stella Artois Cafe for an intimate dinner before the fest got into full swing. Stars Don Cheadle, Brendan Gleeson and pic’s financier, Paul Brett of Prescience, were all in high spirits after a well-received screening of the pic, helmed by John Michael McDonagh.

On Friday, a dapper looking Terrence Howard rubbed shoulders with producer Mark Damon at “The Ledge” party at the crowded but toasty Bing Bar. Guests including Christopher McDonald and Liv Tyler sipped on whiskey to keep themselves warm.

Trying to stay warm at Sundance is hard enough, but for attendees of UTA’s Sunday night bash, that task was made even more difficult as Park City’s packed Riverhorse venue had some guests lined up outside for nearly an hour. But a few of the event’s more recognizable guests, like Paul Rudd and Joshua Leonard, had no trouble getting in, where they rubbed elbows with members of UTA’s indie team Rena Ronson and David Flynn.

Earlier in the evening, HBO Documentary hosted its event for filmmakers and fest goers located across town at the Canyons Resort’s Cabin Restaurant. HBO Documentary topper Sheila Nevins worked the room, hobnobbing with HBO’s Sundance filmmakers, including “Bobby Fischer Against the World” helmer Liz Garbus.

Sunday also saw Women In Film hosting its 5th Annual Sundance Film Festival Filmmakers panel. Among those who stepped out to celebrate the female power of filmmakers were Gloria Steinem and Daphne Zuniga.