For me, Sundance has been a once in a lifetime experience. Being in Park City surrounded by thousands of people who are all here to watch films and to support independent cinema is very exciting, because everyone is here for the same cause, to support art. Everyone is willing to talk about movies and trade stories about their experiences here. it’s easy to find out which films are good and and bad just by catching the bus and striking up a conversation or even just listening to other people talk about films. I certainly didn’t expect to make friends with two middle aged men, Jim and Rene, who told me they had been coming to the festival for the past twelve years. But that’s just the kind of thing that happens, you’ll be standing in a line for something and soon you’re discussing all of the films you’ve seen and haven’t seen. I ended up talking to both Jim and Rene a handful of times during the festival, as I always seemed to find them at my screenings. Both of them wished me good luck in making films, and they promised they would keep an eye out for a film by me at Sundance after five years or so.
While I’ve been here, I’ve really gotten a sense that I’m part of the festival. For each of the films showing here, the filmmakers have put in lots of time and effort to get their film here, and so being at the each of the screenings is very unique. By simply being there, you’re helping to promote the film and independent films in general. For many of the directors here, these screenings are the only way to get their career off the ground, and since I want to direct films myself, you can really understand why the filmmakers here are so excited to be able to show their work to you. (more…)