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Sundance in a Nutshell

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Parting is such sweet sorrow. So in attmepts to be clever here is a ficticious submission to my Diary that mentions just about all the films that I saw.

Dear Diary,

Today as I was walking to the box office I was listening to ‘Nothings Gonna Stop Us Now’ by Starship, which is a great song, so naturally I was dancing and as a result I ended up slipping on the ice, which then opened up a cut that I got from shaving earlier that morning, what a great start to the day! But anyways I get to the box office and they barely have any tickets left, so I don’t even bother buying any. Instead I look for somewhere to eat, I settle on Asian cuisine and order a plate of dumplings and a huge glass of water. It’s so dry in Utah, I am constantly thirsty! Thank goodness Park City isn’t in a drought.

So I decide to waitlist a movie and the movie is playing at The Yard so I start heading over after my meal. As I’m walking, I stumble upon a cemetery, which is kind of creepy seeing as it’s so close to downtown. But what’s even creepier is that there were all theses hole near the head stones, like they had just been dug up. Totally bizarre. I finally get to the stop and I’m trying to stay warm when out of nowhere two bicyclist come rushing by, I don’t know where they were going but the chick dropped her phone that’s not good.

The movie I saw was ‘The Signal’ I thought it was pretty good, the main character was hot, and for a Sci-Fi film I liked it. After the movie I went to the Italian restaurant for dinner with the rest of the group. It was super fun, they were drinking wine and I was kind of jealous but its ok. After dinner we started heading home aka another bus stop. So as we are all waiting for the bus, (which is taking its time to get there) the city seems to turn in to a completely difference place it appears as if a whole new set of characters come out to party.

It’s a great time for people watching, and I think there was a costume party near by because a group of guys passed us wearing old Victorian clothing and they really looked the part.

So we get back to the house and immediately turn the fire on to warm up. The house we are staying in looks over a lake, I think it would be awesome if it were a hot spring, because that way I could enjoy the snow while keeping warm, everybody wins!

So as the night goes on we are all dancing, and it’s all throw back songs! Songs from the oldies and songs from our childhood and we are all dancing and having so much fun. Before I know I’m waking up to my alarm clock the next day, it’s as if I was walking around in my sleep the whole night.

Films Mentioned: Sleepwalker, Young Ones, Alive inside, Skeleton twins, Wetlands, Trip to Italy, Land ho, Boyhood, What we do in the shadows, Life after Beth, 52 Tuesdays, the disobedient, the signal.

Selfies with Chelsea

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Duck faces and peace signs; the two main components of a ‘Selfie’ and while it may seem stupid taking a picture of yourself it can be quite entertaining. The idea wasn’t original, being a part of the “Me Generation” we kind of coined the term so to mock the culture that I am currently a part of I created “Slefies with Celebrities” not only was I trying to make celebrities have a little fun I also just wanted pictures with famous people.

I knew it was going to be a challenge considering my shyness, but I decided to give it a shot. First I took pictures with them as I did with Paul Eenhorn from ‘Land Ho!’ and Steven Ellison aka Flying Lotus. Then I figured I was just taking stupid pictures with celebrities so then I asked the cast of The Disobedient to take selfies with my phone which I found to be much more exciting. They aren’t extremely well known names just people that were somewhat famous at Sundance, which is all that I wanted.

I didn’t need pictures of super famous people to show to my friends, it would have been cool don’t get me wrong but it wasn’t exactly what I was looking for. I was only able to take three picture but they were totally worth it! I know it was a borderline silly and stupid idea but it was fun! It wasn’t meant to be serious and the celebrities had fun doing it…I think. Anyways there’s not much else to say. I wanted it to be an extensive project but me and my scattered brain made sure that didn’t happen. So I tried taking pictures of food that went along with the film I had just seen and that sort of worked. I was surprised to see that not a lot of the films had food in them. So I just stuck with slefies.

(Indie)cisive at the Sundance Film Festival

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

So, it’s finally done and here is the video blog that Maggie and I have been working on. Hope you all enjoy. Thank you to everyone that helped out.

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Sundance Wrap-Up

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

I did have a great time at Sundance. As I texted Nate, our professor, on our way back from the airport, my life is now pre-sundance and post-sundance. I saw a lot of great films, I met a lot of great people, and I slept very little.

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How to Meet People at Sundance

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

I met quite a few people at Sundance. I think that may have been the most fun, meeting people. I met a producer, an editor, a composer, and even possible executive producers and/or narrators for my film. I also met more characters than I can count. Here’s how I met so many people.

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Sundance Wrap-Up: Top Three Films and More

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Sundance is very different from the two other film festivals, South by Southwest and the Austin Film Festival, that I have attended as a badge holder. Despite its origins, it has become a more exclusive, mainstream event that is just as much a social playground for LA and New York industry executives and celebrities as it is an outlet for indie films. Me and my friends remarked that attending Sundance, in itself, gives other people around you the impression that you are somebody they need to know. For that reason and maybe others, everyone I talked to at parties and in line for movies was really very nice.
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Sundancing

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

“Today is the worst day ever!” This was just one of the many funny quotes said by one of my Sundance family members on the trip. This sarcastic quote, not remembered as one of laughter at the expense of others, but because this guy, along with the entire group, had the best attitudes of any group of people I have been on a winter term trip with. My first Sundance Film Festival was one to remember. Not only was I surrounded by delicious food, beautiful mountains, a cool city, and mind opening independent films, I had the opportunity to enjoy it with some of the best people I have met. (more…)

My Sundance Experience (Fictionalized)

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Zach left the theater, alone and confused about what he had just seen. “Did that woman really just masturbate with vegetables?” he thought. Stepping onto the bus, he spied a seat far in the back. People sat and stood around it. Normally, he would offer the seat to anyone looking to take it –not just a woman or an old person, but anyone –but, at this time, he was too tired to worry about the people who hadn’t taken the seat for themselves.

Upon sitting down, the older man next to him initiated a conversation. “That was some movie, wasn’t it?” he asked.

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My Sundance Summary

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

The 2014 Sundance Film Festival blew away all my expectations of what it would be. Everything from the town of Park City to the films being played left me in total awe. My eyes were opened to a whole new perspective on what film culture can be. You can read about the Sundance film festival all you want, but until you are there and live it, you’ll have no idea.

The week and a half of preparation in class was definitely a help for me. Not coming from a film studies background, I was able to study independent film in a way that would help me to think more critically about what I was watching. Had I not had any time to realize this, I don’t know that my experience would have been as impactful. (more…)

The volunteers of Sundance

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Sundance did a pretty good job of showing their appreciation of volunteers at the festival, but I wanted to go a step further and see what they had to say. Hope you enjoy.

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