Alpine air, ski-friendly powder, and independent film converge every January at the Sundance Film Festival. And now, as a slight respite from the hype tweets, the Film Comment podcast is proud to transmit a little bit of Park City to your earbuds with this critics’ roundtable, recorded live at Sundance this past weekend. FC Editor Nicolas Rapold, frequent FC contributors Nick Pinkerton and Ashley Clark, and freelance critic Paula Mejia share early festival impressions and highlights from the worlds of fiction, documentary, and virtual reality (housed in the grandiosely titled “VR Palace”) in front of a live audience at the Kickstarter House. And be sure to check back in as the festival progresses for more dispatches from FC writers.

Films discussed: Mudbound, Dear Angela, Thoroughbred, Motherland, Whose Streets?, Novitiate, Person to Person, Gook, Dolores, The Discovery, The Big Sick, The Berlin Syndrome, Killing Ground, Kuso, Casting JonBenet, Beach Rats