Attention festival-goers: Sundance Film Festival 2011 is now underway! If you're in Park City, use this as your handy guide to notable screenings and events popping up in the snowy mountain town. If you're stuck elsewhere, consider this your roadmap for navigating all the indie buzz.
The forecast for Sunday, Jan. 23: It's getting colder out there, with a high of 28 degrees ... but there's also crazy protests barreling in. Check out 6:00 PM.
9:00 AM: 'The Music Never Stopped' at Yarrow Hotel Theatre
A flick for classic rock fiends, 'Music' stars Lou Taylor Pucci (of 'Thumbsucker' fame) as a man with a benign tumor that's damaged his memory. As he reunites with his dad (J.K. Simmons) and mom (Cara Seymour), a music therapist (Julia Ormond) brings him back to reality with sweet tunes from The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan and Buffalo Springfield.
Noon: 'Higher Ground' at Eccles Theatre
Vera Farmiga's directorial debut finds her starring as a woman in the '60s who finds comfort in fundamentalist Christianity, until some conservative tenants lead to a crisis of faith. It's a appetizer before the protests and horror of Kevin Smith's 'Red State' a few hours later at the Eccles.
2:15 PM: 'Reagan' at Library Center Theatre
Eugene Jarecki -- who won the Sundance Grand Jury documentary prize in 2005 for 'Why We Fight' -- returns to tell the story of good ol' Ronnie Reagan and his evolution from liberal Democrat to the man behind modern conservativism. Sundance raves: "Rendered to play the big screen, but unlike the B-movies that fill Reagan's resume, this may be the best movie Ronald Reagan every starred in."
3:30 PM: 'Another Happy Day' at Eccles Theatre
It's an Eccles day of fundamentalism and interpersonal chaos today. Weddings go ultra-dysfunctional with Sam Levinson's debut, where the likes of Barkin, Burstyn, Moore, Boswick and Church deal with complicated familial dynamics from divorce and denial to drug addiction and self-mutilation.
6:00 PM: The Harvey Boys Picket The Westboro Baptists at 'Red State' Screening
As soon as word hit that 'Red State' focuses on crazy fundamentalists, it was inevitable that the Westboro folks would grab their picket signs and head for Park City. For a half hour at the Eccles Theater, fans can protest the Westboro Baptist's protest. "Remember: This is a PEACEFUL protest. The only venom you bring is printed on a placard, your only weapon: wit."
7:00 PM: 'Red State' at Eccles Theatre
After getting all riled up with protests, hop inside the Eccles to see Kevin Smith's first big genre shift. The horror flick follows three high school guys who answer an ad for group sex, only to come face to face with a dangerous religious agenda.
8:00 PM: A Celebration of Music in Film at Sundance House
For those who don't want to wash the Baptists away with good tunes, this is a first-come, first-served event for festival credential holders, boasting a performance by Lou Reed, and featuring Patti Smith, Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt, Rickie Lee Jones, Mos Def, The Swell Season and Mark Orton's band, Tin Hat.
8:30 PM: 'Becoming Chaz' at Prospector Square Theatre
Chastity Bono, daughter of Sonny and Cher, lets the cameras roll during the gender reassignment that turns her into him. The documentary outlines the medical logistics of hormones and surgery, as well as how loved ones deal with the transition.
8:45 PM: 'Elite Squad 2' at Egyptian Theatre
Jose Padilha's award-winning Elite Squad is back with Part 2, which sees Captain Nascimento given a desk job to keep him in check, as he tries to adapt his tactics to his new position.
9:00 PM: The Slasher Films Launch Party at House of Blues
Did you know that Slash, of Guns 'n' Roses fame, is starting his own film company called Slasher Films? For the oh-so-cheap price of $150, you can attend. Fuel will also offer up a live performance.
11:30 PM: 'The Woman' at Library Center Theatre
Having dealt with a young woman traumatized in childhood, Lucky McKee returns to tell the story of a savage woman found in the woods, and the stern and unstoppable patriarch who captures her in order to "civilize" her.