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The Drop Is Worth the Film Festival Hype & So Much More

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With every movie he does, Tom Hardy keeps showing just how dang good he is. Who else could have pulled off Locke?(A movie in which his character was the only one you saw and spent the entire movie making phone calls while driving on a freeway.) And I'm still in awe of his performance in Bronson and that was 2008. Sure, The Drop will probably be lauded as the late James Gandolfini's last role and while the actor does a fantastic job, it seems like even he knew to take a step back and let Hardy do his thing.

Set in a cold, desperate Brooklyn (which is as much of a character as anyone else), this contemplative film about bruised masculinity follows Bob (Hardy), the shuffling younger cousin of bar-owner Marv (Gandolfini). The bar (aptly named Cousin Marv's) isn't really owned by Marv anymore since it's a drop bar used by Chechen baddies, which poses a slew of emotional issues for Marv. When the bar is robbed one night, the cousins find themselves in some trouble because not only do they have to come up with the mobster's stolen cash, Bob also let some choice information slip to a prying detective (John Ortiz) who won't let matters drop.

Directed by Belgium’s Michael R. Roskam and written by Dennis Lehane (who also wrote the short story on which it is based, the script is so tightly woven, yet so incredibly simple. Of course, it will be impossible to watch the film without the loss of Gandolfini on your mind, which makes his character all the more poignant. When you see Marv's identity crumble, you really feel the loss of a great actor.

That said, it's Bob that drives the narrative. He doesn't speak much but when he does, it really means something, and little by little the viewer is able to construct a back story that is both touching and terrifying. Tom Hardy explained to Rolling Stone that he used Ted Bundy and Of Mice and Men's Lenny as inspiration, wanting to get across the character's deep-rooted loneliness and desperation to belong. "I understood that Bob had a small racketeering thing going with a gang in the past, he'd been involved with some shady types and participated in stuff he wasn't really proud of," says Hardy. "But then I started to think—maybe this guy is a serial killer? Maybe he's an alpha predator disguised as someone harmless. Those are the ones you have to look out for, man. You see someone sitting in the corner with glasses and a book, and then it turns out he's a Mossad agent and can kill you with a spoon."

It's not until Bob comes across a beaten, abandoned pit bull puppy in a trash can that he starts to rediscover his lost humanity. He also begins a timid friendship with the wary Nadia (Noomi Rapace), the woman who's house the puppy was thrown away in front of. Watching him learn how to care for a dog, while also learning how to be someone's friend, is endearing and a little heartbreaking.

Sure, the gritty film isn't perfect and some characters aren't given much room to grow, but it's all about Bob anyway. With everything leading up to a climax that's surprising, brutal, quick, and somehow sweet (leave it to Hardy to make that work), The Drop makes you expect the worst of people while still hoping deep down for the best.


Sundance Film Festival 2021 streams buzzy movie premieres straight to your home

For the first time, the festival will let you stream its premiere movies and try the hottest VR storytelling from your living room. We figured out how to fest, so you don't have to.

A still from A Glitch in the Matrix, a documentary about simulation theory (and yes, it'll reference Elon Musk).

The Sundance Film Festival kicked off Thursday, and for the first time, you can partake in the world's premier independent film fest -- and one of the best places to check out top virtual reality experiments -- without stepping outside your front door.

For decades, Sundance has stuffed stars, filmmakers and movie fanatics into the snowy hamlet of Park City, Utah, transforming the quaint ski resort town into a teeming hub for film lovers every January. With bumper-to-bumper traffic on its picturesque Main Street, parties packed into houses at the foot of mountains enveloped in white, and dozens upon dozens of movie screenings every day, Park City always sheltered Sundance's frenzy like a snow globe, complete with flurries that temporarily hushed all the bustle.

Stay tuned

While the charm of Park City made Sundance unique, it could add challenges to attending. Most premier film festivals are in major metropolitan areas, but traveling to Sundance often meant a ticket to Salt Lake City and then another hour or so drive into the mountains. As a resort town, Park City is equipped with more hotel rooms, condos and Airbnbs than you'd find in other villages its size. But during Sundance, the supply of places to stay is always way short of demand, driving up prices to eye-popping levels.

Fortune, part of the New Frontier program at Sundance, taps into your phone's augmented reality tools to unfold an animated documentary about the world's greatest counterfeiter in your own house.

This year, though, the coronavirus pandemic has forced Sundance to transform into a (mostly) remote affair. That's making it accessible to a wider swath of people than ever before.

Almost the entirety of the fest is online this year for anyone in the US to enjoy, and parts of the fest are accessible no matter where you live in the world. In the US, film premieres can stream straight to your TV. You can join director Q&As afterward from your couch and drop into post-premiere parties from your laptop. New virtual environments re-create the experience of festival mingling, whether joining a crowded cinema to watch a film on the big screen or exploring a gallery-like space for the New Frontier program -- the fest's tech-heavy branch focused on cutting-edge storytelling. (Did we mention those virtual spaces are all floating in orbit above the Earth's surface near the International Space Station?)

Sundance is always a major endeavor to figure out each year, even for people who know how it ticks. This year brings added challenges of learning how to "attend" the festival too. But armed with some tips about movies, projects and talks that tech lovers will want on their radar, you can figure out how to fest to suit your needs. For New Frontier, you'll need a $25 Explorer Pass. For films, you need to get individual tickets (for movies that aren't sold out.)


Sundance Film Festival 2021 streams buzzy movie premieres straight to your home

For the first time, the festival will let you stream its premiere movies and try the hottest VR storytelling from your living room. We figured out how to fest, so you don't have to.

A still from A Glitch in the Matrix, a documentary about simulation theory (and yes, it'll reference Elon Musk).

The Sundance Film Festival kicked off Thursday, and for the first time, you can partake in the world's premier independent film fest -- and one of the best places to check out top virtual reality experiments -- without stepping outside your front door.

For decades, Sundance has stuffed stars, filmmakers and movie fanatics into the snowy hamlet of Park City, Utah, transforming the quaint ski resort town into a teeming hub for film lovers every January. With bumper-to-bumper traffic on its picturesque Main Street, parties packed into houses at the foot of mountains enveloped in white, and dozens upon dozens of movie screenings every day, Park City always sheltered Sundance's frenzy like a snow globe, complete with flurries that temporarily hushed all the bustle.

Stay tuned

While the charm of Park City made Sundance unique, it could add challenges to attending. Most premier film festivals are in major metropolitan areas, but traveling to Sundance often meant a ticket to Salt Lake City and then another hour or so drive into the mountains. As a resort town, Park City is equipped with more hotel rooms, condos and Airbnbs than you'd find in other villages its size. But during Sundance, the supply of places to stay is always way short of demand, driving up prices to eye-popping levels.

Fortune, part of the New Frontier program at Sundance, taps into your phone's augmented reality tools to unfold an animated documentary about the world's greatest counterfeiter in your own house.

This year, though, the coronavirus pandemic has forced Sundance to transform into a (mostly) remote affair. That's making it accessible to a wider swath of people than ever before.

Almost the entirety of the fest is online this year for anyone in the US to enjoy, and parts of the fest are accessible no matter where you live in the world. In the US, film premieres can stream straight to your TV. You can join director Q&As afterward from your couch and drop into post-premiere parties from your laptop. New virtual environments re-create the experience of festival mingling, whether joining a crowded cinema to watch a film on the big screen or exploring a gallery-like space for the New Frontier program -- the fest's tech-heavy branch focused on cutting-edge storytelling. (Did we mention those virtual spaces are all floating in orbit above the Earth's surface near the International Space Station?)

Sundance is always a major endeavor to figure out each year, even for people who know how it ticks. This year brings added challenges of learning how to "attend" the festival too. But armed with some tips about movies, projects and talks that tech lovers will want on their radar, you can figure out how to fest to suit your needs. For New Frontier, you'll need a $25 Explorer Pass. For films, you need to get individual tickets (for movies that aren't sold out.)


Sundance Film Festival 2021 streams buzzy movie premieres straight to your home

For the first time, the festival will let you stream its premiere movies and try the hottest VR storytelling from your living room. We figured out how to fest, so you don't have to.

A still from A Glitch in the Matrix, a documentary about simulation theory (and yes, it'll reference Elon Musk).

The Sundance Film Festival kicked off Thursday, and for the first time, you can partake in the world's premier independent film fest -- and one of the best places to check out top virtual reality experiments -- without stepping outside your front door.

For decades, Sundance has stuffed stars, filmmakers and movie fanatics into the snowy hamlet of Park City, Utah, transforming the quaint ski resort town into a teeming hub for film lovers every January. With bumper-to-bumper traffic on its picturesque Main Street, parties packed into houses at the foot of mountains enveloped in white, and dozens upon dozens of movie screenings every day, Park City always sheltered Sundance's frenzy like a snow globe, complete with flurries that temporarily hushed all the bustle.

Stay tuned

While the charm of Park City made Sundance unique, it could add challenges to attending. Most premier film festivals are in major metropolitan areas, but traveling to Sundance often meant a ticket to Salt Lake City and then another hour or so drive into the mountains. As a resort town, Park City is equipped with more hotel rooms, condos and Airbnbs than you'd find in other villages its size. But during Sundance, the supply of places to stay is always way short of demand, driving up prices to eye-popping levels.

Fortune, part of the New Frontier program at Sundance, taps into your phone's augmented reality tools to unfold an animated documentary about the world's greatest counterfeiter in your own house.

This year, though, the coronavirus pandemic has forced Sundance to transform into a (mostly) remote affair. That's making it accessible to a wider swath of people than ever before.

Almost the entirety of the fest is online this year for anyone in the US to enjoy, and parts of the fest are accessible no matter where you live in the world. In the US, film premieres can stream straight to your TV. You can join director Q&As afterward from your couch and drop into post-premiere parties from your laptop. New virtual environments re-create the experience of festival mingling, whether joining a crowded cinema to watch a film on the big screen or exploring a gallery-like space for the New Frontier program -- the fest's tech-heavy branch focused on cutting-edge storytelling. (Did we mention those virtual spaces are all floating in orbit above the Earth's surface near the International Space Station?)

Sundance is always a major endeavor to figure out each year, even for people who know how it ticks. This year brings added challenges of learning how to "attend" the festival too. But armed with some tips about movies, projects and talks that tech lovers will want on their radar, you can figure out how to fest to suit your needs. For New Frontier, you'll need a $25 Explorer Pass. For films, you need to get individual tickets (for movies that aren't sold out.)


Sundance Film Festival 2021 streams buzzy movie premieres straight to your home

For the first time, the festival will let you stream its premiere movies and try the hottest VR storytelling from your living room. We figured out how to fest, so you don't have to.

A still from A Glitch in the Matrix, a documentary about simulation theory (and yes, it'll reference Elon Musk).

The Sundance Film Festival kicked off Thursday, and for the first time, you can partake in the world's premier independent film fest -- and one of the best places to check out top virtual reality experiments -- without stepping outside your front door.

For decades, Sundance has stuffed stars, filmmakers and movie fanatics into the snowy hamlet of Park City, Utah, transforming the quaint ski resort town into a teeming hub for film lovers every January. With bumper-to-bumper traffic on its picturesque Main Street, parties packed into houses at the foot of mountains enveloped in white, and dozens upon dozens of movie screenings every day, Park City always sheltered Sundance's frenzy like a snow globe, complete with flurries that temporarily hushed all the bustle.

Stay tuned

While the charm of Park City made Sundance unique, it could add challenges to attending. Most premier film festivals are in major metropolitan areas, but traveling to Sundance often meant a ticket to Salt Lake City and then another hour or so drive into the mountains. As a resort town, Park City is equipped with more hotel rooms, condos and Airbnbs than you'd find in other villages its size. But during Sundance, the supply of places to stay is always way short of demand, driving up prices to eye-popping levels.

Fortune, part of the New Frontier program at Sundance, taps into your phone's augmented reality tools to unfold an animated documentary about the world's greatest counterfeiter in your own house.

This year, though, the coronavirus pandemic has forced Sundance to transform into a (mostly) remote affair. That's making it accessible to a wider swath of people than ever before.

Almost the entirety of the fest is online this year for anyone in the US to enjoy, and parts of the fest are accessible no matter where you live in the world. In the US, film premieres can stream straight to your TV. You can join director Q&As afterward from your couch and drop into post-premiere parties from your laptop. New virtual environments re-create the experience of festival mingling, whether joining a crowded cinema to watch a film on the big screen or exploring a gallery-like space for the New Frontier program -- the fest's tech-heavy branch focused on cutting-edge storytelling. (Did we mention those virtual spaces are all floating in orbit above the Earth's surface near the International Space Station?)

Sundance is always a major endeavor to figure out each year, even for people who know how it ticks. This year brings added challenges of learning how to "attend" the festival too. But armed with some tips about movies, projects and talks that tech lovers will want on their radar, you can figure out how to fest to suit your needs. For New Frontier, you'll need a $25 Explorer Pass. For films, you need to get individual tickets (for movies that aren't sold out.)


Sundance Film Festival 2021 streams buzzy movie premieres straight to your home

For the first time, the festival will let you stream its premiere movies and try the hottest VR storytelling from your living room. We figured out how to fest, so you don't have to.

A still from A Glitch in the Matrix, a documentary about simulation theory (and yes, it'll reference Elon Musk).

The Sundance Film Festival kicked off Thursday, and for the first time, you can partake in the world's premier independent film fest -- and one of the best places to check out top virtual reality experiments -- without stepping outside your front door.

For decades, Sundance has stuffed stars, filmmakers and movie fanatics into the snowy hamlet of Park City, Utah, transforming the quaint ski resort town into a teeming hub for film lovers every January. With bumper-to-bumper traffic on its picturesque Main Street, parties packed into houses at the foot of mountains enveloped in white, and dozens upon dozens of movie screenings every day, Park City always sheltered Sundance's frenzy like a snow globe, complete with flurries that temporarily hushed all the bustle.

Stay tuned

While the charm of Park City made Sundance unique, it could add challenges to attending. Most premier film festivals are in major metropolitan areas, but traveling to Sundance often meant a ticket to Salt Lake City and then another hour or so drive into the mountains. As a resort town, Park City is equipped with more hotel rooms, condos and Airbnbs than you'd find in other villages its size. But during Sundance, the supply of places to stay is always way short of demand, driving up prices to eye-popping levels.

Fortune, part of the New Frontier program at Sundance, taps into your phone's augmented reality tools to unfold an animated documentary about the world's greatest counterfeiter in your own house.

This year, though, the coronavirus pandemic has forced Sundance to transform into a (mostly) remote affair. That's making it accessible to a wider swath of people than ever before.

Almost the entirety of the fest is online this year for anyone in the US to enjoy, and parts of the fest are accessible no matter where you live in the world. In the US, film premieres can stream straight to your TV. You can join director Q&As afterward from your couch and drop into post-premiere parties from your laptop. New virtual environments re-create the experience of festival mingling, whether joining a crowded cinema to watch a film on the big screen or exploring a gallery-like space for the New Frontier program -- the fest's tech-heavy branch focused on cutting-edge storytelling. (Did we mention those virtual spaces are all floating in orbit above the Earth's surface near the International Space Station?)

Sundance is always a major endeavor to figure out each year, even for people who know how it ticks. This year brings added challenges of learning how to "attend" the festival too. But armed with some tips about movies, projects and talks that tech lovers will want on their radar, you can figure out how to fest to suit your needs. For New Frontier, you'll need a $25 Explorer Pass. For films, you need to get individual tickets (for movies that aren't sold out.)


Sundance Film Festival 2021 streams buzzy movie premieres straight to your home

For the first time, the festival will let you stream its premiere movies and try the hottest VR storytelling from your living room. We figured out how to fest, so you don't have to.

A still from A Glitch in the Matrix, a documentary about simulation theory (and yes, it'll reference Elon Musk).

The Sundance Film Festival kicked off Thursday, and for the first time, you can partake in the world's premier independent film fest -- and one of the best places to check out top virtual reality experiments -- without stepping outside your front door.

For decades, Sundance has stuffed stars, filmmakers and movie fanatics into the snowy hamlet of Park City, Utah, transforming the quaint ski resort town into a teeming hub for film lovers every January. With bumper-to-bumper traffic on its picturesque Main Street, parties packed into houses at the foot of mountains enveloped in white, and dozens upon dozens of movie screenings every day, Park City always sheltered Sundance's frenzy like a snow globe, complete with flurries that temporarily hushed all the bustle.

Stay tuned

While the charm of Park City made Sundance unique, it could add challenges to attending. Most premier film festivals are in major metropolitan areas, but traveling to Sundance often meant a ticket to Salt Lake City and then another hour or so drive into the mountains. As a resort town, Park City is equipped with more hotel rooms, condos and Airbnbs than you'd find in other villages its size. But during Sundance, the supply of places to stay is always way short of demand, driving up prices to eye-popping levels.

Fortune, part of the New Frontier program at Sundance, taps into your phone's augmented reality tools to unfold an animated documentary about the world's greatest counterfeiter in your own house.

This year, though, the coronavirus pandemic has forced Sundance to transform into a (mostly) remote affair. That's making it accessible to a wider swath of people than ever before.

Almost the entirety of the fest is online this year for anyone in the US to enjoy, and parts of the fest are accessible no matter where you live in the world. In the US, film premieres can stream straight to your TV. You can join director Q&As afterward from your couch and drop into post-premiere parties from your laptop. New virtual environments re-create the experience of festival mingling, whether joining a crowded cinema to watch a film on the big screen or exploring a gallery-like space for the New Frontier program -- the fest's tech-heavy branch focused on cutting-edge storytelling. (Did we mention those virtual spaces are all floating in orbit above the Earth's surface near the International Space Station?)

Sundance is always a major endeavor to figure out each year, even for people who know how it ticks. This year brings added challenges of learning how to "attend" the festival too. But armed with some tips about movies, projects and talks that tech lovers will want on their radar, you can figure out how to fest to suit your needs. For New Frontier, you'll need a $25 Explorer Pass. For films, you need to get individual tickets (for movies that aren't sold out.)


Sundance Film Festival 2021 streams buzzy movie premieres straight to your home

For the first time, the festival will let you stream its premiere movies and try the hottest VR storytelling from your living room. We figured out how to fest, so you don't have to.

A still from A Glitch in the Matrix, a documentary about simulation theory (and yes, it'll reference Elon Musk).

The Sundance Film Festival kicked off Thursday, and for the first time, you can partake in the world's premier independent film fest -- and one of the best places to check out top virtual reality experiments -- without stepping outside your front door.

For decades, Sundance has stuffed stars, filmmakers and movie fanatics into the snowy hamlet of Park City, Utah, transforming the quaint ski resort town into a teeming hub for film lovers every January. With bumper-to-bumper traffic on its picturesque Main Street, parties packed into houses at the foot of mountains enveloped in white, and dozens upon dozens of movie screenings every day, Park City always sheltered Sundance's frenzy like a snow globe, complete with flurries that temporarily hushed all the bustle.

Stay tuned

While the charm of Park City made Sundance unique, it could add challenges to attending. Most premier film festivals are in major metropolitan areas, but traveling to Sundance often meant a ticket to Salt Lake City and then another hour or so drive into the mountains. As a resort town, Park City is equipped with more hotel rooms, condos and Airbnbs than you'd find in other villages its size. But during Sundance, the supply of places to stay is always way short of demand, driving up prices to eye-popping levels.

Fortune, part of the New Frontier program at Sundance, taps into your phone's augmented reality tools to unfold an animated documentary about the world's greatest counterfeiter in your own house.

This year, though, the coronavirus pandemic has forced Sundance to transform into a (mostly) remote affair. That's making it accessible to a wider swath of people than ever before.

Almost the entirety of the fest is online this year for anyone in the US to enjoy, and parts of the fest are accessible no matter where you live in the world. In the US, film premieres can stream straight to your TV. You can join director Q&As afterward from your couch and drop into post-premiere parties from your laptop. New virtual environments re-create the experience of festival mingling, whether joining a crowded cinema to watch a film on the big screen or exploring a gallery-like space for the New Frontier program -- the fest's tech-heavy branch focused on cutting-edge storytelling. (Did we mention those virtual spaces are all floating in orbit above the Earth's surface near the International Space Station?)

Sundance is always a major endeavor to figure out each year, even for people who know how it ticks. This year brings added challenges of learning how to "attend" the festival too. But armed with some tips about movies, projects and talks that tech lovers will want on their radar, you can figure out how to fest to suit your needs. For New Frontier, you'll need a $25 Explorer Pass. For films, you need to get individual tickets (for movies that aren't sold out.)


Sundance Film Festival 2021 streams buzzy movie premieres straight to your home

For the first time, the festival will let you stream its premiere movies and try the hottest VR storytelling from your living room. We figured out how to fest, so you don't have to.

A still from A Glitch in the Matrix, a documentary about simulation theory (and yes, it'll reference Elon Musk).

The Sundance Film Festival kicked off Thursday, and for the first time, you can partake in the world's premier independent film fest -- and one of the best places to check out top virtual reality experiments -- without stepping outside your front door.

For decades, Sundance has stuffed stars, filmmakers and movie fanatics into the snowy hamlet of Park City, Utah, transforming the quaint ski resort town into a teeming hub for film lovers every January. With bumper-to-bumper traffic on its picturesque Main Street, parties packed into houses at the foot of mountains enveloped in white, and dozens upon dozens of movie screenings every day, Park City always sheltered Sundance's frenzy like a snow globe, complete with flurries that temporarily hushed all the bustle.

Stay tuned

While the charm of Park City made Sundance unique, it could add challenges to attending. Most premier film festivals are in major metropolitan areas, but traveling to Sundance often meant a ticket to Salt Lake City and then another hour or so drive into the mountains. As a resort town, Park City is equipped with more hotel rooms, condos and Airbnbs than you'd find in other villages its size. But during Sundance, the supply of places to stay is always way short of demand, driving up prices to eye-popping levels.

Fortune, part of the New Frontier program at Sundance, taps into your phone's augmented reality tools to unfold an animated documentary about the world's greatest counterfeiter in your own house.

This year, though, the coronavirus pandemic has forced Sundance to transform into a (mostly) remote affair. That's making it accessible to a wider swath of people than ever before.

Almost the entirety of the fest is online this year for anyone in the US to enjoy, and parts of the fest are accessible no matter where you live in the world. In the US, film premieres can stream straight to your TV. You can join director Q&As afterward from your couch and drop into post-premiere parties from your laptop. New virtual environments re-create the experience of festival mingling, whether joining a crowded cinema to watch a film on the big screen or exploring a gallery-like space for the New Frontier program -- the fest's tech-heavy branch focused on cutting-edge storytelling. (Did we mention those virtual spaces are all floating in orbit above the Earth's surface near the International Space Station?)

Sundance is always a major endeavor to figure out each year, even for people who know how it ticks. This year brings added challenges of learning how to "attend" the festival too. But armed with some tips about movies, projects and talks that tech lovers will want on their radar, you can figure out how to fest to suit your needs. For New Frontier, you'll need a $25 Explorer Pass. For films, you need to get individual tickets (for movies that aren't sold out.)


Sundance Film Festival 2021 streams buzzy movie premieres straight to your home

For the first time, the festival will let you stream its premiere movies and try the hottest VR storytelling from your living room. We figured out how to fest, so you don't have to.

A still from A Glitch in the Matrix, a documentary about simulation theory (and yes, it'll reference Elon Musk).

The Sundance Film Festival kicked off Thursday, and for the first time, you can partake in the world's premier independent film fest -- and one of the best places to check out top virtual reality experiments -- without stepping outside your front door.

For decades, Sundance has stuffed stars, filmmakers and movie fanatics into the snowy hamlet of Park City, Utah, transforming the quaint ski resort town into a teeming hub for film lovers every January. With bumper-to-bumper traffic on its picturesque Main Street, parties packed into houses at the foot of mountains enveloped in white, and dozens upon dozens of movie screenings every day, Park City always sheltered Sundance's frenzy like a snow globe, complete with flurries that temporarily hushed all the bustle.

Stay tuned

While the charm of Park City made Sundance unique, it could add challenges to attending. Most premier film festivals are in major metropolitan areas, but traveling to Sundance often meant a ticket to Salt Lake City and then another hour or so drive into the mountains. As a resort town, Park City is equipped with more hotel rooms, condos and Airbnbs than you'd find in other villages its size. But during Sundance, the supply of places to stay is always way short of demand, driving up prices to eye-popping levels.

Fortune, part of the New Frontier program at Sundance, taps into your phone's augmented reality tools to unfold an animated documentary about the world's greatest counterfeiter in your own house.

This year, though, the coronavirus pandemic has forced Sundance to transform into a (mostly) remote affair. That's making it accessible to a wider swath of people than ever before.

Almost the entirety of the fest is online this year for anyone in the US to enjoy, and parts of the fest are accessible no matter where you live in the world. In the US, film premieres can stream straight to your TV. You can join director Q&As afterward from your couch and drop into post-premiere parties from your laptop. New virtual environments re-create the experience of festival mingling, whether joining a crowded cinema to watch a film on the big screen or exploring a gallery-like space for the New Frontier program -- the fest's tech-heavy branch focused on cutting-edge storytelling. (Did we mention those virtual spaces are all floating in orbit above the Earth's surface near the International Space Station?)

Sundance is always a major endeavor to figure out each year, even for people who know how it ticks. This year brings added challenges of learning how to "attend" the festival too. But armed with some tips about movies, projects and talks that tech lovers will want on their radar, you can figure out how to fest to suit your needs. For New Frontier, you'll need a $25 Explorer Pass. For films, you need to get individual tickets (for movies that aren't sold out.)


Sundance Film Festival 2021 streams buzzy movie premieres straight to your home

For the first time, the festival will let you stream its premiere movies and try the hottest VR storytelling from your living room. We figured out how to fest, so you don't have to.

A still from A Glitch in the Matrix, a documentary about simulation theory (and yes, it'll reference Elon Musk).

The Sundance Film Festival kicked off Thursday, and for the first time, you can partake in the world's premier independent film fest -- and one of the best places to check out top virtual reality experiments -- without stepping outside your front door.

For decades, Sundance has stuffed stars, filmmakers and movie fanatics into the snowy hamlet of Park City, Utah, transforming the quaint ski resort town into a teeming hub for film lovers every January. With bumper-to-bumper traffic on its picturesque Main Street, parties packed into houses at the foot of mountains enveloped in white, and dozens upon dozens of movie screenings every day, Park City always sheltered Sundance's frenzy like a snow globe, complete with flurries that temporarily hushed all the bustle.

Stay tuned

While the charm of Park City made Sundance unique, it could add challenges to attending. Most premier film festivals are in major metropolitan areas, but traveling to Sundance often meant a ticket to Salt Lake City and then another hour or so drive into the mountains. As a resort town, Park City is equipped with more hotel rooms, condos and Airbnbs than you'd find in other villages its size. But during Sundance, the supply of places to stay is always way short of demand, driving up prices to eye-popping levels.

Fortune, part of the New Frontier program at Sundance, taps into your phone's augmented reality tools to unfold an animated documentary about the world's greatest counterfeiter in your own house.

This year, though, the coronavirus pandemic has forced Sundance to transform into a (mostly) remote affair. That's making it accessible to a wider swath of people than ever before.

Almost the entirety of the fest is online this year for anyone in the US to enjoy, and parts of the fest are accessible no matter where you live in the world. In the US, film premieres can stream straight to your TV. You can join director Q&As afterward from your couch and drop into post-premiere parties from your laptop. New virtual environments re-create the experience of festival mingling, whether joining a crowded cinema to watch a film on the big screen or exploring a gallery-like space for the New Frontier program -- the fest's tech-heavy branch focused on cutting-edge storytelling. (Did we mention those virtual spaces are all floating in orbit above the Earth's surface near the International Space Station?)

Sundance is always a major endeavor to figure out each year, even for people who know how it ticks. This year brings added challenges of learning how to "attend" the festival too. But armed with some tips about movies, projects and talks that tech lovers will want on their radar, you can figure out how to fest to suit your needs. For New Frontier, you'll need a $25 Explorer Pass. For films, you need to get individual tickets (for movies that aren't sold out.)


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