Sundance: Tripping in the Snow

Anders Returns to the Scene of the Crime Four-time Sundance vet Allison Anders won thunderous applause after her extremely personal film Things Behind the Sun premiered Wednesday. It starts as an Almost Famous-like tale of self-destructive musician Sherry (Kim Dickens) being profiled by rock journalist Owen (Gabriel Man). Any other similarities to Cameron Crowe's nostalgic rock flick, however, quickly disappear as the film flashes back to Sherry's harrowing rape — an experience that eventually shapes her as a musician but shatters her personal life. After the screening, Anders revealed just how personal the film was: Not only had she also been raped as a teen, but she had also returned to film in the same house (whose address was 7666, scarily enough) where the assault took place. The music-savvy Anders secured the services of Sonic Youth to create Sherry's songs in the film, and one of her band members is played by Dinosaur Jr.'s J. Mascis.

Party Patrol The schmoozing started early Wednesday, as we were beckoned up the mountain to Deer Valley's Stein Erikson Lodge, where Mac Cosmetics joined with Diesel clothing for a celebrity makeover session that turned into a feeding frenzy. While we appreciated the free application of eye cream and moisturizer, we witnessed numerous hangers-on and pseudo-celebrities going mad crazy over the racks and racks of free Diesel clothing. Diesel continued its mass giveaways at an evening soirée co-hosted with Movieline magazine and the William Morris Agency, where young Hollywood assistants and pre-execs mingled with the occasional celebrity. The Warner-Chappel party at Harry O's featured a performance by Semisonic but not the rumored appearance from Radiohead. As in other party situations, the fun was watching those on the outside try to get in; once you were in, you realized that there was no worthy reason to be there other than free alcohol. We ended our night at the 30 Years to Life party, where stars Kadeem Hardison, Allen Payne, Melissa DeSousa, and Erika Alexander danced to recorded hip-hop courtesy of music supervisor Timbaland. The Atom Films party was too crowded early, and by the time we returned at 1:30 a.m., the cops were there turning people back because of an unidentified "problem."

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