Read The Book
We are continually told that Sundance is for the filmmakers. True enough, but at Dolly’s Bookstore on Main Street it is also for the authors. Right next to the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory – in case reading makes you hungry – Dolly’s takes advantage of the film festival by stocking up on film books and roping in authors for signings and readings. In recent years, producer Christine Vachon A Killer’s Life, Roger Ebert and others have showed up with their books. Manager Sue Fassett sets out to find literary connections the minute the Festival issued their line up. “I really wanted to get Michel Chabon [whose first novel was adapted into the competition feature MYSTERIES OF PITTSBURGH this year and we were all ready to put him up” comments Fassett, “but I never head back from him.” Author Chuck Palahniuk, whose novel was adapted in CHOKE, also failed to call back.
But lots of other writers did. Dolly’s has lined up 10 signings/readings, ranging from technical books like Todd Grossman how-to manual Shooting Action Sports to more general fare. Filmmaker Alex Gibney [here with his documentary GONZO: THE LIFE AND WORK OF DR. HUNTER S. THOMPSON joins Laila Nabulsi to talk about Gonzo, a collection of photographs that Nabulsi edited with Steve Crist. Other highlights include Water Voices from Around the World. William Marks, who also shows up in the documentary FLOW: FOR LOVE OF WATER and Paul Ryan who had them laughing with his book The Art of Comedy.