Archive for 2011

Park City Snowboarding

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

While we were out here one day a bunch of us in the class decided to hit the slopes. It was a bit expensive for the lift ticket but other than that everything worked out in our favor. The snowboard rental was cheaper than I could ever imagined, the sun was shining bright, the trails was freshly groomed, and we got some great footage of us going down the trails and hitting some jumps. (more…)

Where’s The (Cheap) Beef on Main Street?

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

In my limited time at Sundance and exploring Main Street in Park City, I have noticed one feature that particularly stood out about its current layout: The severe lack of cheap dining options. As my Professor, who has intimate knowledge of Park City having grown up in Utah, has pointed out, Park City is a very wealthy place, not to mention from the look of it every house seems to be the size of a small mountain. Despite those facts It is still hard for me to believe that are not any real inexpensive dining as well as retail options along Main Street. When I think of Main Street, USA I picture a small, serene place where family owned and operated businesses are the mainstay of the town and from that when it comes to quality business acumen would have cheap places among them to eat and shop. The picture I have in my mind of a main street and the reality of main street in Park City is quite different. (more…)

Bellflower: The Unusual and Highly Intriguing First Feature from Evan Glodell

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

On Wednesday night at The Yarrow hotel theater I had the fortunate chance to see a screening of Bellflower, a film apart of the next category at the festival. The film is set in California and tells the story of Woodrow, writer and director of the film Evan Glodell, and Aiden played by Tyler Dawson, best friends heavily influenced by the film Mad Max and regular consumption of alcohol who in their spare time build flame throwers and other weaponized gadgets, in order to be prepared when a global apocalypse occurs, and have their imaginary gang Mother Medusa take over when the proverbial dust settles. (more…)

Dear Park City

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

I am here to apologize and thank you all at the same time. In many ways I wish we met in different conditions or better yet had more days together. Like a great friend you introduced me to great food, people and places to shop. Yet I want to thank you for allowing me to have the days I did have with you, and for providing me with another town that feels like home. I will miss you but you will have provided with the backdrop for some of my greatest memories.

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Meet and Greet

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

Usually when one goes to films at Sundance, the director and sometimes the crew introduce themselves before the film starts. They give details about themselves or little tidbits about the movie to come. Normally, I find the meet and greet really pointless. Yet when I went to Indigenous Shorts I was struck by a small cluster of members for Rocket Boy as they introduced themselves. These people lived and breathed the definition of indie film. They shared TV dinners on set and only had one microphone for the entire short. This crew is one to watch out for because they are determined. So let me play the crew’s introduction for you!

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End of Sundance

Sunday, January 30th, 2011
View of Main Street

View of Main Street

It is the end of Sundance for us: technically the festival still has another day but we’re leaving in the afternoon so we will be missing out. Now that it’s over for me I suppose I should write a reaction to the time I spent here and all that I experienced. What an experience. Aside from just being able to attend Sundance, I got to attend Sundance for course credit! How awesome is that? Super awesome. (more…)

My Festival Experience

Sunday, January 30th, 2011
Main Street, Park City

Main Street, Park City

Being in Park City, Utah for the Sundance Film Festival (and all of the stuff going on around it, like Slamdance) was definitely an exciting and memorable experience. It was amazing to see the US premieres (and in several cases the world premieres) of the newest indie films and not knowing if you just saw a movie that will be the next big thing or a movie that will never be seen again by anyone who didn’t see it here. I found myself genuinely hoping for all of the movies I saw to receive the highly sought after distribution deals, especially after the Q&A sessions with the directors, casts, and crews. They all put so much passion, heart, and effort into an endeavor that may be their big break, but could also come to nothing. I have even more respect now for the amount of work that goes into making a film and especially into making one that makes it to this level. I also feel like I have a slightly better grasp now on the ever-elusive term “independent film.” (more…)

The Green Wave Question and Answer

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

After most movies at Sundance there’s a ten to twenty minute question and answer session with the director. I filmed the Q&A for The Green Wave. Director Ali Samadi Ahadi is joined by some of his crew as he answers questions from the audience. Enjoy.

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My Sundance 2011 Experience

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

Sundance 2011 has been an incredible and interesting experience. As one of the few people who did not run into a single celebrity while being here, I found my experience to be solely based on the films I saw. Here is a review of the films I saw and the experiences I had here in Park City, Utah. (more…)

Sundance/Slamdance summary

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

What can I say about Sundance and Slamdance?  It has been an experience that I will always remember for the rest of my life.  Before this festival I would not know what to think of the independent film environment.  Now, in a way, I have seen both sides.  At Sundance it is more like a corporate event.  Filmmakers are trying for big studio distribution while every event is sponsored by a major company.  In a way it feels like Hollywood business men are calling themselves indie.  But that is just my cynical opinion on a small part of Sundance.

I have watched some of the best films that I have seen in a long time.  Last night I watched Vampire.  I have to say that film was one of the most beautiful films that I’ve watched in a long time.  Hobo with a Shotgun is one of the most entertaining grind-house that has ever come out.  Take Shelter showed one of the best performances from Michael Shannon.  I enjoyed the various venues for the films especially The Egyptian.    I also happened to meet my all time hero, Lou Reed. Honestly if I had a life check list, one of my goals would be checked off.

I have enjoyed being a radio correspondent for Slamdance.  It has given me a chance to meet all kinds of interesting directors and producers.   I was very thankful that Slamdance treated our radio station WECX  warmly and kindly.  I have interviewed directors from all over the world including India.  I have watched one of the few music documentaries at this festival about Marian Andersen, the lead singer of the Insaints.  We were even treated to seeing the remaining members play us a concert.  The lead singer even molested Nathan with a banana during the show.  (You have to see the documentary to understand)  The environment of that festival felt like an independent film festival. People were there to experience underground film and meet others who have the same interest in that close cosy setting.  I was honored to call our radio show the Slamdance Special.    Please listen to 6:00 Radio with Alex Miskin and Nathan Rupp.