Sunday, January 23, 2011

Day Four from Jenna

So basically, this whole adventure in Park City has been amazing! We've got acquainted with the town and also have all been able to hang out from time to time. The first night I was fortunate enough to go to the premiere of Pariah. It was a remarkable film dealing with the struggles of fitting in while being an African American lesbian in a big city. It deals with so many more everyday issues that high school students deal with everyday. We were able to meet the lead actress and the director. The next day Natalie, Chris, and myself went to Eccles Theatre and saw Shorts Program I. There were six short films involving serious, awkward, and hilarious themes. Lake Bell had her short, Worst Enemy featured in the program who Natalie and I had the pleasure of meeting. She's been in It's Complicated, What Happens in Vegas, and most recently No Strings Attached. After, we embarked through the town and were able to meet up with Brian, a Saint Mary's student who has footage featured in Life in a Day. Life in a Day is a film at Sundance that has numerous clips from people from all over the world on one particular day. That evening, Brian, Natalie, and myself ran into Fred Stoller. He's appeared in numerous sitcoms including Everybody Loves Raymond and Friends. He has a film in Slamdance titled Fred and Vinnie. Saturday involved wandering Main Street and searching for celebs. We were only able to see Nicholas Braun a Disney channel star, Eliza Dushku who was in Bring It On, and Paul Giamatti through a window.
Today included getting free stuff, searching for stars, and trying to get into places that are extremely exclusive. I guess you could say we were only successful with getting free stuff........ Don't get me wrong we got incredible stuff including beanies, makeup samples, and a pair of Sorel boots, pretty sweet to say the least. We did see some celebs though including Tenley from The Bachlorette and Ross Matthews from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Chelsea Lately. Other classmates managed to see Zooey Deschanel, Paul Rudd, and even James Franco all today. I must say though, these same students did not get to experience K'naan, a songwriter and rapper from Somalia. He put on an absolutely incredible and moving performance that all audience members enjoyed.
Currently majority of the class is at one of the condos enjoying a barbecued dinner while we share stories from our trip so far and of the amazing time we're having. More stories to come!

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