By Sophia Anguilla
Who knew watching movies could be so exhausting? When people ask me what films I’ve seen it takes me a moment to respond because they are starting to blend together. Here’s the list: The Bronze, Dark Horse, The Hunting Ground, The Overnight, Hot Girls Wanted, Experimenter, The Stanford Prison Experiment, Things of the Aimless Wanderer, Digging for Fire, Zipper, Prophet’s Prey, Welcome to Leith, Stockholm Pennsylvania, and I just saw Tig. That’s a total of 14 films in six days.
Things of the Aimless Wanderer isn’t a movie that I would normally see but it was filmed in Rwanda and that’s what drew me to it. There was probably a total of 15 minutes of monologue and no other narrative, which meant that the score played a very important role. Speaking of scores, the score for Digging for Fire, directed by Joe Swanberg, was by the same person who did the score for Beasts of the Southern Wild, a film we watched in class prior to Sundance. During the Q & A for Digging for Fire, I learned that there was no script for the film, just a ten-page outline. This was one of the more polished films that I saw, and it baffled me that it was mostly improv and that it was based off of both Joe Swanberg and Jake Johnson’s lives.
Tig is such a phenomenal film. It just jumped to the top of my docs list along side Hot Girls Wanted and they are such different films that I wouldn’t be able to choose which one I liked better. One thing that both of these amazing documentaries did have in common is female directors. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to see a multitude of films by female directors who are portraying stories that need to be told whether real or fictional. Another film by a female director is Zipper a cross between Scandal and House of Cards that takes riveting and infuriating look at political sex scandals. During the Q & A the director said she wanted to portray the wife as neither a victim nor a bitch and she did that well. Although the main character was not a woman, the female lead was strong, supportive, and self-serving in a way that we are finally just starting to see in mainstream television and hopefully more in upcoming mainstream films.
With four more movies to see tomorrow it’s time for the sleep part of the Sundance eat, sleep, watch movies, repeat cycle, which although it’s exhausting, is worth every second.