Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Getting Ready to Leave Sundance

Its the last night. In a few hours it will be time to leave Park City behind. Been here for a whole week, Thursday to Thursday. When you're in Sundance you forget sometimes that there is a whole wide world out there, a world filled with many things that have nothing to do with film... State of the Union happened while we were here; revolution in Egypt... but while here all I do, think, sleep, talk is film film film...

Saw many good movies (and some not so great...) and talked to endless amount of people, but only weeks and months after Sundance will I know how fruitful its all been as there will be much follow up from now on.

This morning's film was about the market crash, possibly the first film about the subject. Margin Call, starring Kevin Spacey and Paul Bettany is a strong and eerie film about the sudden collapse of a financial company and all the corruption, implications and devastation that went along with it.

Another film, a doc, about corporate abuse and the legal system was Hot Coffee, a strong and moving film that is also quite educational, I saw quite a few things there that I was not entirely aware of before.

By contrast another movie I saw today, Pariah, a narrative about sexual identity of a black lesbian teenager and the conflicts and relationship between her family was rough, raw and strong.

Rounded it up was The Convincer starring Greg Kinnear, a fun and quirky journey of a insurance sales agent taken over by grid, with a surprising ending.

But the best part of the day was the night's BMI's Snow Ball. The evening featured a series of performances by different artists, with an rousing finale by Robert Randolph and the Family Band. That was GREAT.

And now its time to say good bye. Once I get back to snowy Woodstock I'll go over the past week and see if I can come up with a wise recap. Until then, see you at the movies.


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