Sundance Film Festival 2017

Houstonians brave the cold to catch the hottest flicks at the Sundance Film Festival


Ron Hulme, renowned surfer Laird Hamilton and Dan La Caze at the premiere of the film on Hamilton's life- "Take Every Wave-"
Photo courtesy of Ron Hulme
Producer Dominque Telson who is adapting his Houston filmed debut feature film "Fifth Ward" (1998) into a TV series with LA-based Houstonian writer/director Greg Carter at the Texas Film Commission Reception at the Sundance Film Festival
Photo by Alfred Cerrvantes
Houstonians Annette Baker and Lluvia Fernandez volunteer at the Sundance Film Festival serving as ushers in the MARC theater
Photo courtesy of Annette Baker
Dan PIckering and Amanda Hughes at Sundance Film Festival 2017
Photo courtesy of Dan Pickering
Retired ExxonMobil attorneys Pam Kavieff, Susan Rowe and Ruth Duenser
Photo by Jane Howze
Debbie McLeod and Jay Sears who are investors or executive producers of five Sundance films including "Icarus" and "Trophy"  taken at the Sundance Film Festival 2017
Photo by Jane Howze
Heather Page, Director and Lindsey Ashley, Senior Production Consultant at the Texas Film Commission at the Texas Film Commission open house during Sundance 2017
Photo by Alfred Cerrvantes
Melissa Hulme, fiancé Dan La Caze, Ron and Sheila Hulme, Adam Drexler and wife Jennifer Hulme- on front row at The Sundance Film Festival at the world premiere of Wind River- one of their favorite films
Photo courtesy of Ron Hulme
Houston Film Commission deputy director Alfred Cervantes
Photo courtesy of Alfred Cervantes
Valerie Burman and Erica Jordan (having her first Sundance experience) at a special performance of the stars of popular documentary "Step" that was held at the Promontory Shed. January 22, 2017
Photo courtesy of Valerie Burman
Laura Kincaid, Director of Operations of ATX TV Festival and Richard Herskowitz, Artistic Director of Houston Cinema Arts Society Festival
Photo by Alfred Cerrvantes
Barbara and Ron Brounes
Photo courtesy of Ron Brounes
Ginni Mithoff and Chree Boylston
Photo by Jane Howze
Debbie Bauer and Marie Brown using Sundance's convenient bus system to get to the next movie at at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival
Photo by Jane Howze
Michelle Mower short film producer/actor Marilyn Swick and Deputy Director of Texas Film Commission Alfred Cervantes at the Texas Film Festival Reception held on Main Street during the 2017 Sundance Film Festival
Photo courtesy of Alfred Cervantes
Jane Howze negotiating the unprecedented snowfall the film goers have had to negotiate this week
Photo by John Mann

It was one of the snowiest Sundance Film Festivals in history. But that didn't stop Houston film lovers from catching the best of independent film in Park City, Utah. Here are photos of some of the action.

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Houstonian Ron Hulme, legendary surfer Laird Hamilton and Dan la Caze posed for a photo at the premiere of Take Every Wave, which chronicles Hamilton's nomadic life. "This is the most inspiring documentary I've ever seen," Hulme said."This guy is so macho. He was wearing flip flops in the middle of a 34-inch snow storm!"
 

Houston native and Los Angeles-based writer/director Greg Carter, right, and producer Dominque Telson, flashed the "Hook 'Em" sign at a reception hosted by the Texas Film Commission reception. Carter is adapting his Houston filmed debut film, Fifth Ward,  into a TV series.

Houstonians Annette Baker and Lluvia Fernandez volunteer at the Marc Theater at the Sundance Film Festival.  Baker has been attending the festival for 28 years.

Houstonians Amanda Hughes and Dan Pickering visited the virtual reality installations along Main Street in Park City at the Sundance Film Festival.

Retired ExxonMobil attorneys Pam Kavieff, Susan Row, and Ruth Duenser were at the showing of Hero, starring Sam Elliott.

Houstonians Debbie McLeod and Jay Sears are investors in five Sundance documentaries, including the hottest documentary at the festival, Icarus, which deals with the Russian doping in the Olympics.

Texas Film Commission director Heather Page and Lindsey Ashley smile for the camera at the annual Texas Film Commission reception held during the first weekend of the Sundance  Film Festival.

It's a family affair: Melissa Hulme and fiance Dan Le Caze, Sheila and Ron Hulme, Adam Drexler and wife Jennifer Hulme were on the front row of the world premiere of Wind River, their favorite film at the Sundance Film Festival.

Alfred Cervantes, deputy director of the Houston Film Commission, keeps warm on Park City's Main Street in front of the Egyptian Theater, where the Sundance Film Festival began 32 years ago.

Houstonians Valerie Burman and Erica Jordan enjoyed a special performance by the cast of the documentary, Step, at the Shed at the Promontory, a development five miles outside of Park City where many Houstonians have homes.

ATX TV Festival director of operations Laura Kincaid and Houston Cinema Arts Society Festival artistic director Richard Herskowitz trade notes at the Texas Film Commission reception. 

Bellaire residents Barbara and Ron Brounes take a break between movies at the Sundance Film Festival. The Brounes continue a tradition of attending the festival during its second week when it is less crowded. 

Ginni Mithoff and Chree Boydstun enjoyed an annual tradition of attending the Sundance  Film Festival together.

Houstonians Debbie Bauer and Marie Brown used the Sundance Film Festival's convenient bus system to  rush from theater to theater to view as many films as possible.

Director Michelle Mower, producer/actress Marilyn Swick, and Houston Film Commission deputy director Alfred Cervantes smile for the cameras at the reception hosted by the Texas Film Commission.

It's the 11th Sundance FIlm Festival for CultureMap contributor Jane Howze, but this was the snowiest.

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