The party's over

Who turned out the lights? Sundance Film Festival closing night party blows a fuse

Who turned out the lights? Sundance Film Festival closing night party blows a fuse

PARK CITY, Utah —The Basin Recreation Fieldhouse in this ski-turned-film mecca was transformed on Saturday night from an indoor soccer facility to a fabulous party venue for the Sundance Film Festival's 2012 Awards and Closing Night Party.

Thousands of independent film makers, producers, and all-around enthusiasts, including myself, filled up the space. Long entrance lines came as no surprise; and why wouldn't they be for such a hot ticket?

The organizers matter-of-factly planned ahead for what was a typical winter with a heated tent and strategically-placed speakers, accommodating guests with grace paired with a sampling of the amazing music yet to come.

Once inside, the truly unbelievable music mixes (or Glee-style mashups) from DJ Spider, a hot disc jockey out of Los Angeles, held court.  Never thought you could blend Belinda Carlisle with Prince; needless to say . . . he did.

Exceptionally well.

The room was pulsating with sounds from the speakers but also from the phenomenal movement of dancers on the floor.

Drink lines were long, however, selections from the likes of Grey Goose and Stella Artois were ample and well worth the wait. An incredibly fun night until the lights went out that is. Literally. 

The electric system overloaded with a dynamic audiovisual production blew. The party unfortunately ended early and left all of us already wishing it was next year.

CultureMap contributor Deborah Elias is the founder of Elias Events.

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The Sundance Film Festival closing night party was a fun night until the lights went out. Photo by Deborah Elias