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Chances are nobody is having a more memorable Sundance Film Festival than Kimberly Rivers Roberts and her husband Scott, the central figures in "Trouble the Water," a gripping documentary about Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.
Kim was 8 1/2 months pregnant with their first child, but made the journey with Scott from New Orleans for the film's Sunday morning premiere with her doctor's OK. "We just had to come to Utah," a beaming Kim told the audience after a standing ovation.
Maybe all that excitement sped up her birth cycle, because Kim went into labor late Sunday night. The film's editor, T. Woody Richman, loaded her and Scott into a minivan about 12:50 a.m. and began the treacherous drive down Parley's Canyon through a snowstorm. Lessin and Deal, the film's co-directors, followed in another vehicle.
"It was an honor to drive her down that hill," said Richman, who shrugged off the snowy conditions. "Those two went through Katrina. A drive through the snow is no big deal."
On the way down, Scott Roberts comforted his wife during her contractions. Thanks to Richman's GPs device, the convoy reached University Hospital by 1:20 a.m. Kim was in the delivery room within minutes.
At 6:14 a.m. Monday, Kim gave birth to a healthy 7 pound, 1 ounce girl, Skyy Kaylen Roberts.
The Roberts had originally planned to return to New Orleans today. Now they're at Sundance, or at least in Salt Lake City, for the rest of the week. Said Lessin, who talked to Kim at the hospital, "She's happy to have a Utah baby."
- Brandon Griggs
Getting religion at Sundance: At least two films at Sundance mention Mormons, one overtly, the other obliquely. In "Sunshine Cleaning," after a character gives a self-described "weird" explanation as to why she doesn't drink alcohol or do drugs, the character played by Emily Blunt advises, "You should just tell people you're a Mormon." The crowd at the Rose Wagner got a kick out of that.
In "Chonto," part of the "Animation Spotlight," fallen rock star Bobby Bird recounts touring with his first band mates, a group of folks from Utah who would "sip milk and say golly." He doesn't keep them around for long.
- Sam Vicchrilli