Sundance 2010: 'Hesher's' popularity leads to ... volleyball?
"Hesher," a popular Sundance premiere film directed by Spencer Susser and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt (among others), about a kid who has recently lost his mother and an anarchist who comes into the family's life, was filled to capacity at the large Eccles Theater facility. Waitlist tickets for those who had not gotten them beforehand were also completely given out, with a crowd of people left to stand out in the snow wondering what to do next. Well... there's always girls high school volleyball.
The theater is part of one of the high schools in Park City, so often someone looking to circumnavigate the crowd files into the school. Staff is usually on hand to politely redirect them, as they were for me. But I, and others who came after me and before me, thought about staying because there was a statewide tournament being held. Not sure if the hometown Park City Miners were involved, or one of the many other volleyball clubs around, but at least it could've passed the time before lining up at the Eccles for Ben Affleck and co. in "Company Men" later.
"Hesher's" popularity even took its toll on the press line/red carpet. Here's a very quick bite from the director before he was whisked away to the screening.
-- Jevon Phillips