At least seven movies with strong environmental themes are set for world premieres here, culminating with the closing-night film, “Earth Days.” A documentary by the director Robert Stone, it is billed by festival programmers as “the history of our environmental undoing” seen through the eyes of nine people who helped to initiate the modern eco-movement, including Stewart Udall, the former secretary of the interior.
“No Impact Man,” a documentary about the effort by a New Yorker, Colin Beavan, and his family to live for a year without making a net environmental impact.
“Crude,” about the struggle between Ecuador’s indigenous people and the Chevron Corporation over toxic oil waste left behind by the makers of petroproducts like those that fly the planes, not to mention those fueling the limousines and rental cars that make the nearly 40-mile drive to Park City from the Salt Lake airport….doh…
“The Cove,” about environmental watchdogs dogging dolphin wranglers in Japan
“The End of the Line,” about fished-out oceans; “Dirt! The Movie,” about the exhaustion of our soil; and “Big River Man,” about an endurance athlete who sets out to swim the Amazon, braving predators and toxic waste.
The Earth has a FEVER!….I wanted to check out what the Hubub was about so I gassed up my private jet and headed to Utah.
How can you cram some 46,000 people, into a pretty little mountain town without contributing mightily to the problems your films hope to solve?
As I walked down Main Street it was filled with traffic and construction. A dozen idling trucks were unloading supplies and equipment, while an oversize band bus, with trailer in tow, spewed fumes outside a soon-to-be-busy party site ahead of the Sundance Film Festival. Smelled like they were ‘Burning’ some green in that bus…but I digress…
Utility officials said there was no way to determine how much extra wattage was being poured into the valley for the festival’s spotlights and the endless strings of colored bulbs lining Park City’s streets.
Outside the Filmmaker’s Lodge, a central gathering spot for Sundance participants, a sign assured festivalgoers….“Electricity used for all venues and theaters is offset by clean, renewable wind energy.”
It explained that the energy for the festival’s official screenings comes through Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Skies program, which provides wind-powered electricity.
I had a mouthful of Starbucks coffee…(cough, choke, spit)…anybody got a napkin?
Besides the Electricity usage, the airlift alone should give pause to the likes of Mr. Udall.
Los Angeles to Park City is about 692 miles by
hydrogen-powered Honda Civic…err…highly customized Recreational Vehicle, though most visitors seem to come by air through Salt Lake City, many by private jet.
Last year the Sundance festival helped make Salt Lake City the nation’s No. 2 destination for fuel-guzzling private flights, behind West Palm Beach, Fla.
But on Wednesday, before a single ecofriendly party began, the Garbage was already piling up here.
The crew of one truck along Main Street was peeling big packing sheets off what appeared to be huge widescreen plasma television screens, brought in to brighten the festival proceedings.
The foam packing alone would offset more than a few of the plastic water bottles Robert Redford and friends, hope to eliminate with reusable bottles to be refilled at “hydration stations”
If that doesn’t work, Fiji Water was offering its conventional bottles of water at one of the many promotional boutiques on Main, which outnumber the “hydration stations” about 3 to 1……but anyways…..
They had the new concept car from Honda on display inside the walls of a just-completed plexiglass tent, so I decided to escape the frigid mountain air. I asked a woman standing in the tent, how they kept it so warm inside?
“We have heaters,” she said. “Big, electric heaters blowing some heat in here.”…Ugggg
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