Last Saturday, the Airbnb Haus played host to a special screening of two new episodes of Jay and Mark Duplass’ HBO show Togetherness. During the Q&A afterwards, there was definitely a “Stars—they’re just like us!” moment when they shared their first Sundance Film Festival experience.
Mark: “We had our first short film here in 2003. We were like, ‘Guys, we made it. We’re at Sundance. This is incredible.’ And we started walking up and down Main Street and we couldn’t get into any parties. We were like, ‘This is crazy!’”
Jay: “We couldn’t get into any restaurants.”
Mark: “So we were like, ‘Well, what are we going to do?’ And then there was this movie here that had David Arquette in it and Tim Blake Nelson. We didn’t really know who Tim Blake Nelson was, but Jay kind of looked enough like David Arquette. So we’re like, ‘We’re going to try to be David Arquette and Tim Blake Nelson and get into some parties.’ We worked up this whole scheme and the first door we went up to, we both chickened out—just couldn’t handle it. And then we went back to our condo and watched Space Camp on VHS and had a great night. Sundance, guys, dreams come true.”
Indeed, tickets to movie screenings and tables at restaurants can be tough to come by. While Airbnb can’t help on those fronts, accommodations are another story, of course. Sean O’Malley, who has worked as a sound mixer on the Duplass brothers’ films, was at Sundance last year, too, when they showed The One I Love. “I stayed at an Airbnb that was half a block from where we were screening,” he recalls. “It was pretty crazy how close it was—walking distance.”
According to Mark’s wife, Katie, the Duplasses often book Airbnb listings for their crew. “I have hooked people up with Airbnbs,” she says. “If we’re bringing people in to do things, we’ll Airbnb them for a month or two.” (We love that she uses “Airbnb” as a verb.)
With the temperatures in the 30s in Park City at night, we can understand why a warm-weather destination might be on her mind. “I am really tempted with this beautiful Airbnb that is in Cabo,” says Katie. “It’s gorgeous … ”
Jay interjects: “She’s a fan!”
Looks like we’ve got a mutual admiration society thing going on here.
This is a guest post by Anh-Minh Le who is the editor in chief and cofounder of Anthology Magazine, as well as a regular contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle and SFC&G. She is also an Editor at Large for California Home + Design. Travel and design are among her passions, and browsing Airbnb listings never fails to give her a serious case of wanderlust.