By Chris Lee and John Horn, Los Angeles Times
January 24, 2013, 2:45 p.m.
PARK CITY, Utah — Parties at the Sundance Film Festival typically feature maverick filmmakers, the best in nouvelle cowboy cuisine and plentiful pours of high-end spirits and Utah microbrews.
But the bash thrown by Hollywood’s powerful Creative Artists Agency on Sunday night took festival revelry in an unexpectedly bawdy direction, as Sundance guests mingled with lingerie-clad women pretending to snort prop cocaine, erotic dancers outfitted with sex toys and an Alice in Wonderland look-alike performing a simulated sex act on a man in a rabbit costume.
For decades, CAA has carefully maintained a reputation as Hollywood’s most meticulous talent firm, but CAA’s leave-nothing-to-chance attention to decorum vanished in that Bacchanalian blizzard on the snowy streets of this mountain resort.
Some CAA clients found the party so shocking that they said it made them embarrassed to be associated with the agency.
“I said to my agent, ‘Is this how you want to brand yourself? Pole dancers? Really?’” said Oscar-nominated writer-director Naomi Foner, who was at the festival with her film, “Very Good Girls.”
And Foner, who is the mother of Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, said she didn’t see the sex toys.
“I would have been much more verbal if I had seen that,” said the 66-year-old screenwriter of “Running on Empty.”
One attendee said she was particularly put off by the man in a rabbit costume on stilts.
“He was very creepy, walking very slowly,” recalled party-goer Stephanie Cregger. “He was wearing a strap-on sex toy and a woman dressed as Alice in Wonderland was playing with him.”
CAA client and Academy Award-winning screenwriter Nat Faxon said it was hard to talk about his new movie, “The Way, Way Back,” while two women simulated a sex act on a bed nearby.
“It was difficult,” said Faxon, “to have a conversation about my movie while that was going on right next to you.”