This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Sundance Film Festival. Starting on January 15th and running through the 25th, the festival will turn the sleepy ski town of Park City, Utah and neighboring cities into a bustling hub for independent filmmakers, journalists, celebrities, and film connoisseurs.

With my long underwear and earmuffs already packed, I will be at Sundance for the opening weekend and first half of the festival. In a mere 6 days I will be seeing 13 feature films, several short films, and various panels with directors and actors.

Some films to look forward to this year include “The Office’s” John Krasinski, who makes his writing and directorial debut with his first feature Brief Interviews With Hideous Men, the adaptation of the David Foster Wallace novel. SNL stars, Amy Poehler and Rachel Dratch, play thirty-something year old best friends who get caught up in the college spring break lifestyle in Spring Breakdown, also starring Parker Posey and Amber Tamblyn.

Also in the lineup is the world premier of The Carter, the story of Dwayne ‘Lil’ Wayne’ Carter Jr., who Spin Magazine recently dubbed Rock Star of the Year. In the documentary about rock band The Doors, When You’re Strange, director Tom DiCillo used only original and unseen footage of The Doors from 1966 to 1971. And genius comedian Chris Rock takes a closer look at African American hair culture in the documentary Good Hair, with guest interviews from Maya Angelou, Reverend Al Sharpton, Raven Symone, and Ice-T.

Some of Hollywood’s hottest A list celebrities will attend this year’s Sundance Film Festival to see anticipated premieres, make appearances at swanky parties, and hit the slopes. Armed with my camera, notebook, and borrowed Calvin Klein parka I am counting down the hours until I take on my first ever Sundance Film Festival.

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