Sundance: Day four

The combination of early morning screenings and late night parties are taking their toll, and fatigue is setting in. Luckily, in between screenings and interviews, I can visit an eco lounge where I put my feet up and peruse the earth-friendly swag they have on offer. Standouts include Warmbat boots, which claim to be the world’s first 100 per cent all-natural sheepskin shoes, and a new line of jeans called Undune. Sure to become a cult classic, the jeans combine style and sustainable living into one stretchy pair of green-hearted goodness.

The afternoon passes in a haze of walks up and down Main Street, to and from interviews. Night begins with my first late-night screening, Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. Judging by the bursts of laughter that occur every 15 minutes, the crowd is enamored of the documentary’s title subject (as am I). The film is a vastly entertaining and touching tribute to the late, great journalist, novelist and grassroots culture jammer. Fans of the writer will leave wanting to revisit oldies by Thompson, which suddenly seem revitalized by the film’s intimate narrative, centering around discussions with Thompson’s friends and significant others.

The screening ends a little past midnight, and I walk behind the theatres to the Motorola room at the The Yard (the old lumber yard, in which Hyde is also housed). DJ Steve Aoki is already there, spinning, as bar patrons chomp down on plates of spaghetti—for some reason, there is a free midnight buffet on offer. After about an hour, I walk a couple of metres over to Hyde. Not quite as jammed as it was yesterday, the bar is still busy. Jared Leto, who earlier stopped by to say hi to Aoki at the Motorola, now shadows his friend as he guest spins at Hyde, to the pleasure of friends and fans including Danny Matheson. Matheson, best known for his role in That ’70s Show, drags a stool over to the DJ booth and spends the night appreciating the beats, while a twirly Paris Hilton prances and dances around the bar. A request for Onyx is put out by Josh Hartnett’s crew—the subsequent playing of which is welcomed by a wave of arm thrusting and “hell yeahs.”

With Monday will come calm. Many celebrities will have left, with a few here and there filling their spots. Today’s plan is to see a few films and pop in and out of a few parties. Pop, being the primary objective.

By Jennifer Lee

Shown: A Ralph Steadman drawing of his old friend, Hunter S. Thompson.

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