Ellen (ennienyc) wrote,

All Sundance, All the Time

After "Wordplay" completely sold out all its performances on the first day of ticket sales (the only documentary, and one of only 5 films in the entire festival to do so, we hear), spirits were low in Puzzleville. But hope is in the air. I was given a ticket to the premiere, and still have hopes of seeing the movie again Sunday (assuming I'm not completely mortified by how I come across).

Reports from all sources say that "sold out" doesn't always mean that, that things can change and spots can open up for later ticket buyers. And that once at the festival, it's possible to get in to pretty much anything by showing up early at the box office and waiting on lines. The director's friend went last year with no tickets in hand, and saw 17 movies. Lines are part of the true Sundance experience.

To help wait on those lines, my ski gloves arrived yesterday. They are very complicated, and I'm not sure what all the tabs do, but they are large and warm. The boots and thermal tights are also warm. I still need to do some repairs on my coat - or just get a new one. There are still a few shopping days before Sundance.

Yesterday I had my ticket buying slot. The system was agonizingly slow. I mean, slower than slow - I could do a whole crossword waiting for screens to refresh - and it crashed twice, causing me to re-enter everything. At least it let me back in, since you can only purchase once. The third time in, I tried the "calendar view" instead of "search" and that was a zillion times faster, and also helpfully indicated what was sold out and what was still available without going through multiple poky screens first. I started at 1:30 and didn't get done until after 3.

As expected, I couldn't pick up any "Wordplay" tickets (even though I now have one of my own, I'm looking out for my friends, as well as the 75 or so friends/family of the filmmakers who are also scrounging for tickets). I had a LONG list of other movies I wanted to see, and couldn't even get most of those. This was early on the second day of ticket buying and everything was getting snapped up. I did get tickets to 4 movies, and was also able to get 6 things for Trip/Brian, whose buying slots are later this week.

So I'll be on those lines. Thaw me out when it's over.

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