My husband is a film maker so he has gone to Sundance before. In 2007 his film, Der Ostwind, played at Sundance so he is very familiar to the Sundance scene. Me on the other hand, someone always got to sit home with the kiddos while my husband went to the festival. Thanks to Southwest Airlines, an official Sundance sponsor, I was so excited to get to go to Sundance for the first time!
As part of this event, we were able to bring a +1. Loved this. My husband, the film maker, was my +1. To Sundance. Haha. Thats funny to me. I'm always the +1 to film things. The "wife". But this time, It was my event and he was "the husband." ;) ;) I loved being able to go to Sundance with him and enjoy something that is so important and special to him.
We started the evening at the Blind Dog restaurant for drinks and lots of yummy food. Wish I would have gotten more pictures of the delicious food but we were busy mingling, meeting other bloggers and chatting with Southwest Airline employees that I seemed to have forgotten. We met some great people and really had a lot of fun.
We spoke to one awesome Southwest employee who had one of the best jobs in the world. She worked through their charitable department where they would work with families facing serious illnesses or helping with the military. I thought this sounded like such a rewarding job and I loved hearing about companies that find it important to give back. She told us a story about how recently she was on a trip with families of children who were sick. Many times that kids told her that this trip with Southwest Airlines was the only time they had been on an airplane with out their destination being a hospital. How cool is that. Southwest airlines was able to give them a new memory for airplanes and an experience that i'm sure is so important and needed for the family. I love this.
Scattered on the tables at the Blind Dog Restaurant were Touchy Feely table topics. These were topics that we could discuss, tweet, instagram, or share in other ways. It was a fun way to start conversation as well as interact via Social Media.
I live in Utah, so I am used to the cold, but I find during the winter I don't spend much time just hanging out outside. Brrrr. Park City was freezing and there was lots of snow. :) It was easy to walk indoors from the cold and plan a vacation to a warm destination like Florida!
After the party, my husband and I walked over to the movie theater where we were able to see a private screening of the Sundance film Touchy Feely. I will be honest, I was a little nervous when I first heard that title of what the movie was going to be about, but after some research I learned that it was a story about a message therapist and her brother. Here is a description of the movie:
A massage therapist is unable to do her job when stricken with a mysterious and sudden aversion to bodily contact. Meanwhile, her uptight brother's foundering dental practice receives new life when clients seek out his healing touch.
We joined other Southwest airlines employees and other bloggers in a private screening room at the movie theater to watch the movie. Before the movie started, they mentioned that they had a another surprise! "Everyone check under your seats and look for an airline voucher..." Bummer. ;) The guy two rows behind me one! Awesome win, though!
I enjoyed being able to see this movie. Having a husband as a film maker, we watch a lot of movies and I am familiar with a Sundance style movie. The theater seemed to be mixed in what they felt of the movie and the lady next to me didn't like it at all. I really enjoyed the different characters in the movie and loved what they each brought to the story. I was very impressed with their filming style and appreciated the artistic choices that they made. There was a lot of language that I didn't care for but all in all the movie kept me interested and at many points really laughing.
Here is a great Sundance video clip about Touchy Feeling. I really enjoyed seeing the director and hearing the actors perspective. Enjoy:
My husband and I decided to brave the cold and visit Main Street. Who knows, maybe we would see a celebrity! :) We joked around how every person who walks down the street made eye contact with you because they all were trying to see if you were someone famous. They funny thing is that we knew this because we were making eye contact trying to see the same thing! We weren't lucky enough to see anyone famous, but I think we saw a few body guards waiting out front! :)
We had lots of fun in Park City, but now the temperatures were under 10 degrees so we decided to trek back to the bus station to get a ride back to our car. (and then getting lost because they put us on the wrong bus... different story for a different day. :) ) One last stop though, from the request of our Southwest Touch Feely Table Talk... Do the Egyptian in front of The Egyptian.
Thank you Southwest airlines for a fun night out at Sundance!