Pictures of Kristen Stewart at Sundance & initial thoughts about the experience I just returned from the magnificent 2010 Sundance Film Festival where I was privileged to witness and be a part of what has become known as "Stewdance," a weekend long celebration of the talented Kristen Stewart.

First I attended the long-awaited, much-buzzed about World Premiere of Welcome to the Rileys on Saturday, January 23rd. The 608-seat Racquet Club was filled to capacity as the audience was left stunned in amazement at this awesome achievement. I tweeted live from the festival, as noted in previous posts, and gave some immediate post-screening reactions at twitter.com/larry411. My time was extremely limited for reporting on this blog so as I catch up I'll be discussing this remarkable film and some of the exciting conversations I had with the cast and crew afterward.
One of the many high-profile titles at the festival, Jake Scott's Welcome to the Rileys features the world's hottest young star, Kristen Stewart. Son of Ridley and nephew of Tony Scott (both producers on the film), Jake Scott directs an all-star cast including James Gandolfini, Melissa Leo, and the ubiquitous Ms. Stewart. One would be hard pressed to be unaware of this talented teenager given her presence in the record-shattering Twilight and The Twilight Saga: New Moon, the latter currently at over $700 million in worldwide box office. Welcome to the Rileys would most certainly have generated buzz regardless but, as director Scott told me after the Q&A, the filmmakers certainly don't mind the added attention from Kristen Stewart's international notoriety.

Producer Giovanni Agnelli has been uncharacteristically approachable to fans on the film's IMDb message board. The "Twitterverse" had been abuzz for months about the film and how it would be accepted by the finicky Sundance crowd. I'm happy to report that the screenings received lengthy ovations. Most of the cast were present at the World Premiere screening I attended.

A few hours later I, along with some of my wonderful Twitter followers and IMDb friends, headed to a packed Harry O's on Main Street for a breathtaking concert with the legendary Joan Jett and the Blackhearts (see my pictures from the event). As one of the lead characters in the film The Runaways, set to premiere the following day, Jett pointed out several producers in the audience and brought some special guests up on stage. They included Ms. Stewart.

The next day, Sunday, January 24th, I attended the World Premiere of The Runaways at the 1270-seat Eccles Theatre, the largest venue at the festival. Written and directed by Floria Sigismondi, the biopic about Jett's first group was based on bandmate Cherie Currie's book Neon Angel: The Cherie Currie Story. Despite the enormous size of the auditorium, all wait list patrons had to be turned away. Jett and Currie participated in the Q&A along with cast and crew. As Joan Jett, Kristen Stewart was back on stage for the third time in 24 hours. She was joined by Dakota Fanning, who was frighteningly brilliant as Currie -- so much that she brought Cherie to tears.

It was truly a treat to see Ms. Stewart three times that weekend, including her performances in two fantastic films, and to speak with her on Saturday afternoon.

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Larry Richman

Larry Richman

For 20 years I was a professional in the entertainment industry, from commercial broadcast radio in America's fourth largest market to band management to record production. But my passion is independent film, and I spend much of the year traveling to film festivals to see indies and meet the actors, directors, and others responsible for creating them. I'm a writer, photographer, and videographer, currently serving as Senior Vice President for Media & Technology and Public Relations at PROnetworks as well as Editor at Larry411.com

Comments (20)

  • monique Reply

    I WISH KRISTEN ALL THE BEST,SHE REALLY SEEMS TO GAVE HER JOB EVERTHING AND TO ME SHE IS VERY BEAUTIFUL YES SHE WILL GET MY MONEY AND SUPPORT,WELL DONE KRISTEN IN YOUR UP COMINGS!YOU GO GIRL,LOVE YOUR GREEN EYES,YOU WILL GET YOUR MOVIE GOING.I HAVE ONE THING TO PEOPLE PS WHEN YOU GO TO SEE WTTR SEE THE MOVIE AND NOT ONLY THE POLE DANCING AND THE BOOBS AND BUTT THAT THE ONLY HANG UP I AM HAVING PROBLEMS WITH BECAUSE SHE IS TOO YOUNG TO DRINK ALCOHOL BUT NOT TO YOUNG FOR THIS REMEMBER THE WHOLE WORLD IS SEE THIS PLESE PEOPLE DONT BE ANGRY

    January 30, 2010 at 3:49 pm
  • lrichman@pronetworks.org
    lrichman@pronetworks.org Reply

    Hi Monique,

    Thanks for the wonderful comments! The one thing to remember, though, is that she's an actor and is playing a character. Unless you work for Disney, it's not smart to restrict yourself to PG-rated roles. She really doesn't show much in the film anyway -- certainly not as much as people think. It's going to be rated R so the audience that goes to see it should be mature enough to accept it. She does massive amounts of drugs and is quite profane in The Runaways, also.

    January 30, 2010 at 4:02 pm
  • Kat Reply

    First, a big thanks to Larry for the awesome articles, updates & pics from Sundance. You made us feel like we were there with you! As for Kristen, she looks beautiful as always. And I love her understated style! She's seems really genuine, down to earth and manages to stay true to herself, regardless of her environment.

    January 30, 2010 at 6:53 pm
  • bellasguardian Reply

    I met both Kristen & Melissa. I wasn't able to get a picture with Kristen but other than being nervous she was absolutely fine. he was nice and sweet & so kind to me.

    As for Melissa..she stopped to take picture with me & my friends and had a quick chat with us before being lead out. You can see the picture here
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/max_and_marley/4313029164/

    January 30, 2010 at 6:59 pm
  • MIRIANGARANO Reply

    I have really enjoyed the photos and what you have written what I understood everything! I did not need to use translator! hehe hope to see you soon on the website of mike for us to solve the doubts and I have uk51! hehe kisses from your friend from Spain!

    January 30, 2010 at 7:14 pm
  • C Reply

    Thanks for sharing. I love to hear those kind of experiences specially about our girl Kristen. Love something different than the gossip mags. More power to you, Larry.

    January 31, 2010 at 9:37 am
  • Twi-Moments Reply

    Thank you so much, Larry, for making your reviews & information such a treat to read! Loved your tweets & your pictures during your Sundance trip~ So glad you made it safely and shared your wonderful time with us! Thanks for making us a part of it, we love you~

    January 31, 2010 at 6:29 pm
  • lrichman@pronetworks.org
    lrichman@pronetworks.org Reply

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    February 02, 2010 at 6:05 pm
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    I'm happy to report that the screenings received lengthy ovations. Most of the cast were present at the World Premiere screening I attended.

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