Speed dating sounds a lot more fun than it actual is. Well I guess it doesn’t sound that much fun at all but I tried it anyways. I was really nervous walking into Speed Dating with Festival Filmmakers because I had only seen one film on the list of participating filmmakers and I had no idea what to ask each one.
The producers of The Sleepwalker, Julie Christeas and Schuyler Weiss, were the first people that I met and talked with which was great because I saw the film and they were really easy to talk to. They were really interested in the fact that I was a marine science student at Sundance and Mr. Weiss and I bonded over the fact that we both like dancers (I am one and he is married to one). They were a great first pair to talk to, really allowed me ease into the program.
I also really enjoyed talking with the producer for Dear White People, Lena Waither, she had a lot to say about how to stand out and get noticed. If I ever get in to the business I would definitely want to be in business with her. The director of The Foxy Merkins, Madeleine Olnek, was also a pleasure to talk to she was more interested in the students than answering questions about herself. Majority of the people that I met with were a joy to talk to, they had more advice to give out than students had questions, which was really unexpected and a pleasant surprise.
There was only one intimidating director, Boaz Yakin, he didn’t have a film in the festival but he was on The Power of Story: Class of ’94 panel. His first film was ‘Fresh’ which was shown at Sundance in 1994 and since then he’s had three films at Sundance. Yakin was a bit in your face about all of his accomplishments and made me feel uncomfortable. However, I got my revenge when I told him that I was born the same year that his first film was in Sundance. I was only telling the truth.