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High Society: Lyft Lounge at Sundance Film Festival

Stories Dawn Garcia
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Where: Park City, Utah
When: January 24
Photos: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Every year the world watches as independent films and new and notable filmmakers on the rise make their film debuts at the world-renowned Sundance Film Festival. This year, Sundance partnered with the Lyft Lounge for the third year to bring visitors a unique escape amid the snowy weather. Featuring multiple panel discussions with filmmakers, including the cast of Dinner in America, Time, and Promising Young Woman, the event offered the opportunity to experience community and inspiration.

In the throes of the festival, the lounge kicked off with The Atlantic Filmmaker Chat, moderated by the magazine’s executive editor, Adrienne LaFrance. The presentation featured Garrett Bradley, the up-and-coming director of the documentary Time, and Mike Masserman, head of social impact at Lyft. The film looks at the problematic rise of over-incarceration. Later that day, Dinner in America director Pat Healy and cast members Kyle Gallner, Emily Skeggs, Griffin Gluck, Lea Thompson, Adam Carter Rehmeier, and Mary Lynn Rajskub rode VIP to the festival with Lyft.

Dinner in America tells the story of on-the-lam punk-rocker Simon and obsessed-with-his-band misfit Patty—and their unexpected love story as they journey through decaying Midwestern suburbs. Celebrating the after party in the Lyft Lounge was Promising Young Woman writer and director Emerald Fennell, cast members Carey Mulligan and Bo Burnham, producers Tom Ackerley, Sophia Kerr, and Josey McNamara, and composer Anthony Willis. Cyn performed during the party, and other notables included artists Fletcher and Keto. The film tells the story of a young woman who, traumatized by a tragic event in her past, seeks vengeance against the men who cross her.

Lyft is the official rideshare partner for the Sundance Film Festival. #lyftlounge

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