In which MovieMaker correspondent Jeff Meyers catches some hitRECord samplings, a Norwegian psychological thriller, and (what else?) parties parties parties at Sundance 2014.
At The Sleepwalker screening I meet a staff writer at Total Film, the U.K.’s biggest movie magazine. After the movie (she liked it a bit more than I did) we head off together to the Austin Film Festival happy hour, where the room is mobbed and director Richard Linklater is taking pictures with party-goers.
Chatting with the Total Film writer I learn that not only is she a big fan of horror movies (she has a side gig writing under the moniker of Penny Dreadful), she ‘s also a fan of my friend Phil’s movie Subject Two (which was the opening midnight movie at Sundance in 2006). I shoot Phil a text to come join us and half an hour later I’m the third wheel in a monster-movie gush-fest. Luckily, I bump into a pal associated with Slamdance and we spend an hour or so trading stories and complimentary beers.
I briefly consider rounding off the day with a late night screening but decide socializing is the better part of valor (amazing what rationalizations can be had after a few drinks). I caravan from party to party with an ever-growing group of filmmakers. At one point I do a head count: two film journalists, two novice producers, a fellow in marketing at Fox Searchlight, three directors with first features under their belt, a festival programmer, a documentarian, a professor from William and Mary College, a designer for movie posters and websites, and a D.P. looking to garner interest in a comedy series he’s developing (it centers around a food truck and is called, shockingly enough, Food Truck).
If for no other reason, hanging with a crowd of film lovers and film-doers like this truly makes Sundance the must-attend festival that it is. SUNDANCE SURVIVAL TIP: Bring a hanky or tissue with you where ever you go. The dry cold air is known to cause more than a few nose bleeds. I have dark red drops on my jeans to prove it. MM
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