I've never been into movies. I'm probably the only Generation X-er who stifle yawns at the mention the so-called “cult classics” like “Star Wars”, “Lord of the Rings”, etcetera, etcetera. I can't help it. They bore me. They really do. And after spending a weekend at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, I've come to terms why. I don’t hate movies in general. I just find very little to appreciate in box office, mainstream, hyper-commercialized storytelling where brand-name artists headline the credits with an embarrassing multitude of zeros succeeding the first digit of their paychecks, where special effects (sometimes) overcompensate for any evidence of acting and photography. It's the same reason why I don't patronize Starbucks. Their coffee is atrocious.
|Australian horror "Babadook"' director Jennifer Kent with lead actress, Essie Davis and producer, Kristina Ceyton|
What is special about watching these films at Sundance is that after the screening, either the director, producer, lead actor/s, or all of them come up on stage and answer questions from the viewers. It's a rather extraordinary experience because it humanizes the often inaccessible creative collective genius behind a film. Could you imagine bumping into Van Gogh outside his museum, shaking his hand, and being able to ask him what inspired a masterpiece such as "Starry Starry Night"?
We had a couple of unsuccessful attempts, but did manage to get in a couple of screenings, including the world premiere of "War Story" starring Catherine Keener (pictured below with the directors, writers, etc. of the film).
|"War Story" creative genius Mark Jackson, Catherine Keener, DOP, co-written by Kristin Gore, daughter of Al Gore (he was there and we got to shake his hand)|
|Free Italian espressos and cappuccinos in a reusable to-go cup you wouldn't be embarrassed to take home!|
|Mix and mingle, use the free wi-fi and enjoy some free snacks at the Sundance Channel HQ|
|HP tent plays 70's and 80's DJ music every night|
|AirBnB Haus for free coffee, hot chocolate and the raddest playlist!|
|Celebrity sightings are cliche. I'll settle for interesting people watching.|
Here's the rap duo, Moors.
And a new favorite of mine, The Mowgli's from SoCal!
And as if there's nothing else to occupy your time at Sundance, there are the slopes, which is half the reason why we came after all.
|Food at The Farm at the Canyons Resort is stellar!|