I did nothing this afternoon except grab a free lunch at Frontier, the daring-indie-cinema space on Main Street. And then walk across the street to the Egyptian for the annual festival-launch press conference, this time (and for the first time) with John Cooper paired with festival founder Robert Redford. And then I walked down to Java Cow to write and upload. There I met a fetching blonde who smiled and started the conversation and bought me a coffee — delightful. The Java Cow wifi wasn’t fast enough to handle my YouTube uploads, but I took it like a man.

Sundance Film Festival director John Cooper, founder Robert Redford — Thursday, 1.21, 2:15 pm.

Bilal’s Stand director-writer Sultan Sharrief, who gave me a short lift today from the Yarrow to downtown. Sundance programmer Shari Frillot says his film, filled with heart and authenticity, hails a new voice American independent cinema.” in

Veteran indie publicist Linda Brown (center); colleagues/employees Elizabeth Glenn (l.), Nicole Menconi (r.) during today’s press luncheon at Frontier on Main Street.

Pepperminta director Pipilotti Rist during Frontier press luncheon.

Lobby of Park City Marriott, taken from new “press lounge” balcony, which is basically a narrow space with some tables and chairs and eats without much of an opportunity to “lounge.” That’s Variety critic Todd McCarthy with the baseball cap; standing to McCarthy’s right is critic Harlan Jacobson.