With the Sundance Film Festival fast approaching, local expertise becomes an invaluable tool in the festival-goer survival kit. Madeline Knauer is a college student and Park City native who grew up attending films and being as much a part of the festival as possible. She attended Park City High School, where students spend the better part of the festival’s 10 day run in the heart of the action. Teachers at the high school often dedicate class time to help students get out and see the films being shown in the Eccles Center (one of the festival’s major viewing venues, which is attached to the high school), and many school clubs and volunteer programs are also involved with the festival. Needless to say, many young Parkites are fortunate enough to have a unique hands-on experience during Sundance Film Festival.
On average, 45,000 tourists and festival-goers come through the city during these 10 festival days, so things can get a bit hectic. Make no mistake—we love the increased excitement that comes with the festival and all its hustle and bustle. It never hurts to have a seasoned local’s tips on making the most out of your experience, which is why we sat down with Madeline this week to hear her perspective, festival “hacks”, and personal favorites for the Sundance Film Festival.