Parker Posey on How Sundance Has Changed
Parker Posey, the ‘90’s “Queen of the Indies,” was back in Utah this year with her first screening at Sundance in five years, Price Check. She was all over Park City, helping Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s hitRECord: A Night at the Movies and was set to host the awards before falling sick. According to her, the festival has changed since her heyday.
Outspoken and over-the-top, you would think it would take a lot to freak Posey out. Nope, just offer her a free bag. “You do these photographs in these [gifting suites], and someone came up to me and said, ‘Hello. Can I give you this leather bag?’” Posey tells the Daily Beast, likening the mix of corporate and indie to The Twilight Zone. “I said, ‘No, I don’t need a bag. I already have one.’ It was a room as big as a hotel room but there was a lemonade stand, a Chex Mix, a martini bar, mints, and then this bag. I move along, and then the guy behind the bar says, ‘Hi. Can I take a picture of you shaking a vodka martini?’ Again, I said, ‘No.’ It’s so weird.”
As far as the state of her own personal indie sensibilities, things have also changed. “They love putting me in the ‘indie queen’ box. I had some high standards in my 20s that I don’t have anymore. Hire me.”
Hear that casting directors? Hire her! And someone please get started on Party Girl 2.