A Sunny Sundance

(I must give credit to Jake Derian for taking my featured photo above)

As a matter of fact, Park City has been overwhelmingly sunny these first few days. Fortunately snow is on its way! And we Saint Mary film critics will finally be able to experience the great joys Sundance (Park City) has to offer. I have not experienced one dull moment at Sundance yet, however, the festival does have a tendency of consuming one’s energy until the last drop producing an induced baby like coma.

The day of arrival, the group rushed to the box office just before closing time to pick up our tickets. We are a fearless bunch… Here we are jam-packed in the elevator, testing if the elevator can truly withhold the weight limit. We were dedicated to obtain our movie tickets at any cost. (Insert Daredevil Emoji here)

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(I apologize for the homies cut off from this photo, a panorama would have been more fitting)

I have only been able to attend three films within the first three or four days of arriving at the festival. End of the Tour was the first film I saw and I didn’t have a ticket. Some of us waitlisted for the film but a majority of wait-listers were not able to make the film due to heavy traffic. Once we made it to the waitlist line we must have been behind 150+ people or so, after a dreadful wait in line and constant talk of doubt of making it into the film, we actually made it into the premier film! Jake, Morgan and I must have been within the last five people who made it in and guess what! Thanks to the absent celebrities, we were able to get some reserved seats and got to sit ten feet from non-other than Jason Segel! Who if you are not aware, is the one playing the role as David Foster Wallace. Overall, End of the Tour was an excellent film and is probably my favorite film I have seen so far. I cannot get enough of Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg, both very well known and excellent actors; they do a superb job of recreating David’s story. And I am sure their movie will be a great hit once it is released to the public.

My second viewing was of the shorts program one, which is made up of seven films. I won’t go over all of the films, but will mention my three favorites from the program, but don’t get me wrong, each film was unique in their own way. Mulignans was a great very short film about three African American buds who imitate “pretty much every mob movie ever” and is outrageously hilarious. Smilf is a great short film representing the difficulties of a single mom who is trying to preserve her former freedom filled life. Every Day was a very inspirational short film about Joy Johnson, who is the oldest woman to run the 2013 marathon (and several marathons before). The film does a great job portraying Joy’s passion for running and life overall.

The third film I was able to get a ticket to was Dark Horse, this film was an inspirational movie about a group of friends who work on breeding a new race horse because they feel they are capable of doing the impossible, all from scratch. Dream Alliance was born and accepted into the family and he will change the lives of Jan Vokes and her group of friends forever; the journey is an emotional rollercoaster chock filled with intense horse races.

These first few days have not been crammed with films to view, so in the mean time Jake and I decided to take a few runs on the slopes. Skiing has been a major activity of mine throughout my life and was so excited to finally ski the world famous Park City Mountain. There has not been much snow in Park City for a while, but nonetheless the slopes were outstanding. I look forward to snow later in the week and hopefully I will be able to shred some pow pow! Now let me share this delightful view from the chairlift.

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