Apart from the obvious celebrity spotting that goes on, one of the main attractions of Sundance and the events that orbit it is meeting new and interesting people. You can't go anywhere on the main drags in Park City (particularly on Main Street) without bumping into someone who is someone in the film industry. (And during tonight's power outages on Main Street, you may be bumping into them physically.) Filmmakers, agents, acquisitions people, programmers from other festivals -- they're all thick on the ground and all you have to do is turn around to the person behind you in line at Java Cow and introduce yourself to get an interesting conversation started. No one looks at you funny. It's expected, and if you're not connecting to other film folk in one way or another while you're here, you're doing yourself a disservice.
More later on the people I've met and the things I've learned. If you're reading this and you're in Park City (or you will be between now and Monday night), drop me a line: chris at stomptokyo dot com.