HERE! @ SUNDANCE

Report 3:  Smashing Day
SATURDAY JANUARY 22, 2005

   
   
   
   

Saturday was a smashing day at Sundance, jam packed with films, parties, events, private functions, and secret speakeasies. The day began with our publicity folks scouring the town for stars. We started at the one of the festival’s most exciting hot spots. The VW Lounge was jam packed with celebs, reporters, filmmakers, and actors. Designer Todd Oldham, Greg Kinnear, and Pierce Brosnon were in attendance, amongst others.  The Lounge is used for celeb interviews for mainstream press outlets, but the here! team was invited to cover the day’s events. 

We also stopped in to hear director Jeffrey Winterbottom talk about his new film, 9 Songs, which is premiering at Sundance. The one on one interview was held at one of the Sundance Houses on Main Street and was packed to capacity.

Later at the Queer Lounge, Sarah Warn, founder of popular lesbian website AfterEllen.com, hosted a cocktail party. One of the chief functions of AfterEllen.com is keeping track of lesbian images on television. In 2004, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation reported that the number of lesbian characters on network television had dropped to an all time low. That said, AfterEllen.com is even more relevant in today’s media climate.

   
   
   
   

The site, complete with star interviews, links, and information relevant to the lesbian community apparently drew a number of gay male readers. This party at Sundance was also an official kick-off for Warn’s new brainchild, AfterElton.com, a “sister” website for gay men “They kept asking me why there wasn’t a site like this for men, so I decided to start one,” said Warn.  In existence for just 3 weeks, the site is already a success.  The event was a huge success, jam-packed with filmmakers, free-flowing cocktails and great food. But most importantly, the shindig was filled with members and friends of our community who care about lgbt visibility in the media.

We rounded out the day with a visit to Spin Magazine’s Spindance Party in celebration of ECSTASY, a film by Rob Heydon. The film is based on Irvine Welsh’s novel of the same name. As you probably remember, Welsh is the author who wrote the novel TRAINSPOTING. The party, which took place on historic Main Street in Park City, featured one of the world’s most influential DJ’s, Paul Oakenfold. The appearance by Oakenfold was a treat that audience savored and relished. A dance music pioneer and Grammy Award winning DJ, Paul Oakenfold was voted the world’s #1 DJ by Spin Magazine. He has worked with everyone from Madonna to U2 to Moby.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s report on the annual, fabulous Queer Brunch,  exclusive one-one interviews with queer filmmakers, and of course the exciting Queer Lounge official Gala party.

   
   
   
   

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