My Experience at Sundance
I had a great experience at the Sundance Film Festival. Not only did I see many interesting and unique films but I was also able to see the filmmakers and actors in person. I was able to ask questions during the Q and A section after the films in order to better understand what inspired the directors and or writers to create the film. I was also able to better understand the struggles they went through in order to make the film. for instance Antoine Fuqua filming in the projects of Brooklyn for Brooklyn’s Finest.
Or Jean-Stephane Sauvaire finding children soldiers to play the parts of children soldiers in Johnny Mad Dog. It gave me a very personal view on the filmmaking process that I could have gotten nowhere else.
Aside from the terrific films I saw there were other upsides to sundance. I was pleasantly surprised with most of the restaurants I ate at. Bandits was one of my favorite spots. A bar-b-q restaurant with an old western cowboy theme that had some of the best nachos I have ever laid my hands on. Another favorite of mine was Good Karma a Indian restaurant that had great lamb curry and holla bread.
I was also very happy with the condo that we stayed at. It was very nice and peaceful a good home base to go back to and write a blog by a roaring fire. Or to go out and relax in the hot tube while exchanging celebrity sightings with other students.
The size of the small mountain town of park city seemed to be an ideal size for this festival. It was just small enough to be able to easily maneuver around the town to restaurants and movie theaters. It seemed to be a very humble town that gets taken over by hollywood for ten days. Some people are not happy about this take over but they should be thankful for the six million dollars that is spent in the ten days of sundance.
Overall it was a great experience that I would recommend for anyone that is interested in film.