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By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

Picturing Sundance 2014: 21 Images

Sleep is good. Seeing movies is better. Writing solid, thoughtful reviews instead of instant reactions longer than a well-wrought tweet: even better. Those will come later, but for the day, a few quick descriptions and some more glimpses of 10 days at Sundance. (All images © 2014 Ray Pride.)

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LOT

They don’t want you to park at the Library.

Abandon

Abandon Hope, All Ye…

Filmmaker Reception

At Riverhorse, Filmmaker-Journalist reception.

IRON HORSE

Sometimes you get onto the wrong shuttle. Well, more than once. It shouldn’t be twice in a row. Argh!

Facetime oldtimer

Main Street: a large number of oldtimers would just stop, plant themselves and FaceTime away.

Wow in Park City

WOW indeed. 4.0 to the moon!

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Devin Faraci, Kyle Buchanan at Filmmaker-Journalist reception at the Riverhorse.

Banksy

Gawker shadows fall across the Banksy on the side of Java Cow.

BRM Trivia

The annual indiefilm trivia at the Yarrow, led by Tom Hall, with John Vanco and Matt Dentler to the right.

Main Street Wednesday

Midweek, a raft of journalists and filmmakers and most all of the “gifting suites” beat a path to SLC.

HQ In the gloaming

The Festival HQ in the gloaming.

Don't Go in the Shop

Don’t go into the Shop.

Nick Cave

Before 20000 Days On Earth at the Prospector.

Robert Greene copy

Robert Greene, estimable documentarian and editor of Listen Up Philip.

ARP Receives

The receiving line for Alex Ross Perry after Listen Up Philip at The Marc. (The line extends beyond the frame.)

Silver Miner

A sky the silver miners could have seen in the nineteenth century.

Filmmaker press lunch

The Filmmaker-Press reception (pastrami and tuna tartare bites not shown).

Peter

Buttons from the Montreal remembrance ceremony for late documentary man-about-world Peter Wintonick.

Fritz the Bear

Fritz the Bear.

Main Street moon

The moon over Main Street. And: Joe Swanberg after the no-longer-secret screening of Nymphomania.

Swanberg Nymphomania

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