Posts Tagged ‘sundance film festival’

Internet’s Own Boy: A powerful moment

Monday, January 27th, 2014

I didn’t know who Aaron Schwartz was before I watched the extraordinary film “The Internet’s Own Boy”. However, by the end of the screening, I really wished I had.

Promotional Photo

Promotional Photo

For those who don’t know, Aaron Schwartz was a young internet genius, known for being a founding member of reddit, a co-writer of RSS, and working with Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, to develop information sharing standards. He was also known for his political activism for the freedom of information, notably with his work against SOPA and PIPA. After downloading academic journals from JSTOR on MIT campus, he was arrested and charged by federal prosecutors, facing 38 years of prison and $1 million in fines. Two years later after being denied a plea bargain for the second time, he was found dead in his New York apartment. He committed suicide. (more…)

Sponsors at Sundance

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Chelsea and I snapping silly photos at the Acura Tent

So here we are on the ninth day of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and I keep wondering to myself if I’m going to have enough room in my suitcase for all of the souvenirs I acquired along the way. There are a ton of places giving out free Sundance stuff on and around Main Street. In fact, when we arrived here we all got little green water bottles thanks to Brita, although I don’t have to worry about packing that one anymore since mine broke and spilled all over me earlier today. All of the sponsors at Sundance play an important role at the festival each year. Not only do they get to promote their products, but they also provide fun activities for festival goers. There are quite a few companies sponsoring the festival this year and each has something unique to offer. My personal favorite is the Morning Star Farms Veggie Burger Bar. Morning Star offered free vegetarian and vegan meals to all the hungry people on Main Street from January 16th-January 21st. People lined up outside the door for these tasty and free meals! (more…)

Documentary Shorts Program 2

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

Redstone Theater - Sundance 2014

Redstone Theater - Sundance 2014

There is a lot of excitement floating around here at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The streets are full of talk about all the films that are playing and people are lining up to get their hands on tickets before they sell out. Although getting tickets for the film of your choice is proving to be quite difficult, I am so glad I was able to register for some short films before arriving. The short films here at Sundance are sometimes forgotten about, but deserve much more attention. I’ve seen a total of 3 shorts programs and have enjoyed all of them for different reasons, but the shorts documentary program 2 that I saw today has been my favorite so far, and it wasn’t just because I got to see Robert De Niro. The documentary shorts program 2 had a total of three films. The first, I Think this is the Closest to How the Footage Looked, directed by Yuval Hameiri and Michal Vaknin was a touching and creative film about a personal experience of Yuval Hameiri. Yuval’s mother was very ill and his father had spent some time filming her the day before she passed away. The day after Yuval’s mother had passed, his father picked up the camera again to film the empty space where she had once been, but had not known that Yuval had rewound the tape in the camera so his father was unknowingly recording over the footage of his wife’s last day alive. (more…)

Jessica Winter’s Top 50 Independent Films

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

The cover of Jessica Winters The Rough Guide to American Independent Film

The cover of Jessica Winter's "The Rough Guide to American Independent Film"

Of the two books that we are required to read, Jessica Winter’s “The Rough Guide to American Independent Film” (2006) lists what Winter’s to believe to be the top 50 films of the genre. It was our assignment on Thursday and Friday to read through that list in order to understand the range of films that have made an impact on the independent film community and know how they made influenced the industry.

The list goes as follows:

  • Bad Lieutenant
  • Before Sunrise
  • Before Sunset
  • Being John Malkovich
  • The Blair Witch Project
  • Blood Simple
  • Boys Don’t Cry
  • Buffalo ‘66
  • Citizen Ruth (more…)

Meet Hailey Escobar

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Greetings from Norfolk, Virginia. My name is Hailey Escobar and I’m one of the students that will be attending the 2014 Sundance Film Festival with Eckerd College. I’m currently in Virginia for family reasons this weekend, but shall return to class on Monday. I was told that in addition to the posts that are required for the course, it might also be good to post an introduction. Seeing that I’m a writer, I will use any excuse to write more. Needless to say, you’ll probably be seeing a lot of posts from me on this blog for the duration of January.

A little about me, I’m a junior at Eckerd College and I’m studying Interdisciplinary Arts for Creative Writing and Film Studies. I’m working to be a professional screenwriter and filmmaker, a desire that has filled my need to go on this trip since I first met Professor Nathan Anderson and heard about the trip my freshman year. Some of my favorite filmmakers include Wes Anderson, Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris is my favorite movie), Joss Whedon, Steven Spielburg, and Kathryn Bigelow.

Through out the length of January, as my fellow classmates and I prepare for our journey through the newest films of independent film, you will have the opportunity to see through our eyes. We will be posting about our favorite films of Sundance, brilliant films of the festival’s 30 year history, and even about independent film as a genre.

We leave on Thursday and I am ecstatic about our trip. You will be seeing a few extra posts from me in the next few days before we depart, especially since I’ve missed the last two days of class. Until then!

Meet Hailey Esccobar

Meet Hailey Escobar