Sundance Celebrations

Sundance parties: Stars galore, Louisiana fun and a Texas touch

Allison Janney at Sundance Samsung ski-lift photo booth
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Sundance Louisiana film celebration
Photo by Miles Mortensen
Jeryll Prescott and Chris Green from Birth of a Nation at Sundance Louisiana Film Celebration
Photo by Miles Mortensen
Matt Damon at Sundance Stella Artois event
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Katie Couric vamps at Sundance FIlm Festival The Variety Fandango Studio presented by Dockers
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Louis Black and Karen Burnstein at Sundance screening of Richard Linklater Dream is Destiny
Photo by Ben Tecumseh DeSoto
Elijah Wood at the Kickstarter party at Sundance
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Mary Stuart Masterson gets some swag at Sundance FIlm Festival
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Adrian Grenier at Sundance Tao Park City
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Kristen Stewart at Sundance Variety Indie Impact Dinner Presented by Samsung Galaxy View at the Samsung Studio
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The Sundance Film Festival came to an end Sunday, but along with the great feature films and documentaries, there were lots of opportunities to party. Here are some of our favorite scenes.

Tallulah star Allison Janney clowns around while posing for a funny picture in the ski-lift photo booth at the Samsung Studio.

The Louisiana International Film Festival kicked off its big party in Park City, Utah, with a parade led by the Michael Foster Project six-piece brass band from Baton Rouge. Later that night, more than 15,000 guests enjoyed traditional Louisiana cuisine, including crawfish bisque, vegan gumbo, red beans and king cakes, along with Louisiana entertainment at the Park City Live venue.

Birth of A Nation co-stars Jeryll Prescott and Chris Green were among the guests at 4th annual Mardi Gras Masquerade at Park City Live, hosted by the Louisiana International Film Festival. Birth of A Nation was awarded the Grand Jury Prize for top dramatic film at this year's festival and also won the Audience Favorite prize.

Matt Damon was the featured attraction at the Stella Artois "Buy a Lady a Drink" Campaign at the Stella Artois Filmmakers Lounge. Damon and Gary White, co-founders of, encouraged the crowd to buy a limited-edition chalice  ($13), with proceeds used to providing water to people in developing countries. 

Katie Couric vamps on the red carpet at the Variety Fandango Studio presented by Dockers. Couric was at Sundance to present Under the Gun, a gun-violence documentary she produced.

Couric talked about her first job: an internship doing ad sales for a radio station in Washington. She realized that was not what she wanted to do but was a good introduction into journalism.  So her advice to kids is to take any job as it will probably get you to realize your dream job – “go out there and earn some money kids,” she says.

After the screening of Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny, director Louis Black and co-producer/co-director Karen Burnstein took questions from the audience. The documentary examines the life and work of the acclaimed Austin filmmaker.

Linklater had to leave Park City before the documentary was screened, but he celebrated with the team and a ton of Texans at a cocktail party and "authentic Texas BBQ supper." The Austin Film Society also hosted a brunch to tout the city's film industry.

At the Kickstarter Green Room, Elijah Wood was coaxed onstage during Karaoke Roulette and sang Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" with friends. Wood stars in Spa Night.


Former Houstonian Mary Stuart Masterson checks out some Woolrich swag at the The Variety Fandango Studio presented by Dockers. Masterson co-stars in As You Are. (Doesn't she look a lot like House of Card's Robin Wright in this photo?)


Adrian Grenier and his entourage were among the first to stop in at TAO Park City Presented by Tequila Don Julio. Also in the crowd were Birth of a Nation's Nate Parker and Armie Hammer.

Certain Women star Kristen Stewart strikes a sneering pose at the Variety Indie Impact Award Dinner honoring film director and screenwriter Kelly Reinhardt at the Samsung Studio.