The iconic Sundance Film Festival – the preeminent showcase for independent films – has kicked off in Park City, Utah. The annual 10-day festival is the first one of the new year, and it brings almost 70,000 cineastes, investors, actors, and other industry professionals to the tony mountain town. Octavia Spencer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Michael Stuhlbarg, Rachel Morrison, and Joe Swanberg will serve on the jury judging U.S. dramas, and actor Jason Mantzoukas will host the January 27 awards ceremonies. There’s chatter about all the actors who have become feature directors (Rupert Everett, Paul Dano, Ethan Hawke, and Idris Elba) and about the buzzy drama Sorry to Bother You. We wanted to get the insider’s view on how to prepare for Sundance if you’re attending, and also what to expect even if you’re just following the proceedings from your couch. So we turned to our dear Luminary Amy Nauiokas for the inside scoop. Amy is the Founder and President of Anthemis, a company that cultivates change in financial services; the Founder and Chair of Archer Gray, a media production, finance and investment company; and Founder of Bubble, a New York City-based nonprofit that provides information, food, and activities that help people make choices that lead to healthier lives for their families. She graciously agreed to share her perspectives on the festival in a Dandelion Chandelier exclusive.
Insider Itinerary is an occasional series here at Dandelion Chandelier that shines a light on the best places to see, stay, and dine in some of the hottest travel destinations worldwide. Our far-flung correspondents are sharing their inside tips on how to best experience their chosen cities, especially if you’re visiting for the first time. Consider it your local luxury GPS. You’re welcome!
The Winter Wellness series here at Dandelion Chandelier continues this week. The start of a new year always seems to involve health-related resolutions: earnest vows to get and stay in shape, to eat healthier, to take time to improve our mental well-being – and also to get more sleep. It all seems within reach in early January, but some of us have already thrown in the towel by mid-month (that would be right about now). To try to avoid a repeat of that annual cycle, we’ll be investigating the latest research on wellness and weight loss; visiting a cool new fitness studio; checking into a couple of great destination spas; and investigating wellness-focused resources of all kinds.
We also thought that this was the right moment to address a profound question in the sphere of winter wellness: why ski or snowboard? Said another way, why would anyone in their right mind voluntarily choose to don clunky heavy boots, several layers of clothing, a helmet, face mask and googles, and then strap two sticks or an over-sized skate board to their feet and hurl themselves headlong down a mountain? Unless they were being pursued by a bear, or the Huns, or being filmed for a cable TV reality show, really, what’s the point?
If designer fashion collaborations are any guide, the fate of the world may not be as dire as current headlines indicate. Listening to the constant drumbeat of conflict and trash-talking on the global stage, one might assume that building camaraderie across disparate cultures is a tragically lost art. But take hope, dear reader. Just this month, all kinds of mash-ups and collaborations are happening in the worlds of fashion, music and art. If cultures can collide and create such fantastic outcomes in these spheres, perhaps the diplomats and world leaders can learn a thing or two. Consider these unlikely pairings and cool connections in just the first few months of 2018:
Where will February take you? Where should it? The Winter Olympics kick off in South Korea, so depending on your proclivities, you might want to head there. Or you could celebrate Chinese New Year in any number of luxurious locales. If you love crowds, there are lots of other options, too, as pre-Lent revelers take to the streets in cities all over the globe. On the other hand, if it’s solitude you seek, consider a trip to Tasmania. Of course, February is the month of love and passion, so a romantic destination should definitely be on your consideration list. And while it may seem distant, spring is just around the corner, and a visit to one of the world’s loveliest gardens in the Americas, Asia or Europe – or at least to an indoor orchid show — might hurry along its arrival.