Shall We Dance?

Dispatches for the 10-day celebration of snow, sun, stars and swag at the Sundance Film Festival

Park City, Utah — The 10-day celebration of snow, sun, stars and swag otherwise known as the Sundance Film Festival kicked off last Thursday in a whirlwind of film and fashion moments. A few dispatches from the mountain: 

Despite an engaging performance by Maggie Gyllenhaal, several A-listers dozed off in the front row at the premiere of “Happy Endings,” directed by Don Roos (“The Opposite of Sex”). The film marks the first time the actress sings on screen. She took her inspiration from a Richard Avedon photograph of Cat Power in The New Yorker. “She was naked on an elephant and holding a cigarette,” Gyllenhaal explained. The after party, however, sponsored by Sean John, was a lively, intimate affair in the two-story tent at Village at the Lift for stars Lisa Kudrow, Jason Ritter and Tom Arnold, as well as Steve Tisch (wife Jamie arrived from Aspen a day later), Keri Russell and Patrick Wilson


A few hours before David LaChapelle ended up in a Park City jail cell, he was elated by the response to his documentary, “Rize,” about the South Los Angeles dance movement.  “It’s probably one of the best nights of my life,” he said. “I’m on Cloud Nine.” Celebrating with the fashion photographer were Alan Cumming, Pamela Anderson, Jamie Bell and LaChapelle’s Italian greyhound, Lil Boo, who was flown in on Anderson’s private plane.


A few blocks away at The Shop party venue, the bash for Brian Grazer’s documentary, “Inside Deep Throat,” didn’t get started until 11:45, where the main attraction was two go-go dancers that L.A. event guru Bryan Rabin had recruited from his days at Club Cherry in L.A. As they shimmied and mimed indecent acts wearing only American-flag bikini bottoms, white fur boots and red, star-shaped pasties, the conservative Utah contingent — and even Grazer — looked on in shock and awe.
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