What an amazing experience the Sundance Film festival has been. I can truly say that I am a victim to the craze and hoopla that the festival created. The people I met at the Sundance Festival were probably just as memorable as the movies. I enjoyed the many conversations I had with people, waiting in line for a film or on the bus , hearing their journeys and reasons for being at the festival. I was immersed into a completely different world, placed out of my comfort zone, where I was encouraged to branch out to new people and new ideas. Everyone was friendly, curious, and non-judgmental , all of which were at the festival for one reason: their passion for meaningful films that push creative boundaries and challenge big blockbuster films.
I was fortunate enough to meet one of my mom’s childhood friends, David Magdael at the festival. David was responsible for public relations for films like Dark Horse, The Visit, In Football We Trust, and the Chinese Mayor, which won the World Documentary Prize for unparalleled access. David was nice enough to take me under his wing at the festival. He shared with me the process and importance of managing media and responses to reviews, studios, and other inquiries that come with the release of debut films in the Sundance Film Festival.
David was night enough to give me 3 tickets to the Sundance Festival Award Ceremony and After Party. The Award Ceremony was hosted by Tig Notaro. The Award Ceremony was incredible. I met the filmmakers from of Dope, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Cronies, and many more! It was all so surreal and overwhelming. I was fortunate enough to meet John Cooper, Joe Swanberg, Kim Farrant, and Jorm Taccone! Sam Klemke from Sam Klemke’s Time Machine was there drawing caricatures!
Here are some pictures from the night: