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LAist at Sundance: Day 1

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The Egyptian Theater around midnight on Friday, January 16th. | Photo courtesy of Josh Tate
The first day at the Sundance Film Festival is always a frantic rush. We arrive in Salt Lake City at the reasonable hour of noon and are on our way to Park City in our rental car within 30 minutes. Once we reach town, we decide to quickly shoot down to Main Street and grab a bite at one of my favorite restaurants in the city, Bandits Grill & Bar. The BBQ is good and, more importantly, the Wasatch beer is served in 25 oz. mugs (trust me, you need to drink that much since the alcohol content is watered-down by government fiat.

Once a huge lunch is done, it's time to brave the box office line at the bottom of Main Street and pick up our tickets. This year our condo had 12 people in it and everyone was buying tickets for everyone else due to the annoying lottery system that the festival employs. As you can probably imagine, reconciling who ultimately gets what tickets is a complete pain in the ass. Luckily, the main box office is not too crowded so we get our tickets quickly and zip over to festival headquarters to grab my press credential.