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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Sundance Film Festival - 01/22/06

Sunday morning was pretty much a repeat of Saturday morning except I got there a little earlier and actually got into the box office. My main goal, to get tickets for Wordplay was once again thwarted. I did manage to get tickets for Stephanie Daley.

Did a bit more of the marketing of the HD House. Also, put up posters on kiosks. The putting-up-of-posters-on-the-kiosks game is interesting because everyone promoting something is putting up posters all day long. Posters hung at 10am will very likely be covered over by posters for Small Town Gay Bar, The Trials of Darryl Hunt, or a selection of flyers from the good folks at Troma Films by noon. The HBO people are especially tenacious and have no qualms about covering and entire side of a kiosk with their posters. There must be a half-foot of glossy paper stapled to those kiosks by the end of the festivals.

My first screening of the festival was Stephanie Daley. It was a late night screening, 11:30pm, at the Library Theatre. Picked up a little pizza on Main Street to have while waiting in line. Got into the theatre and got situated. They run this, for lack of a better term, screensaver while the lights are up before the screening. It's an image of a movie theatre audience made up of cut out images of past Sundance film characters and some old-timey lookin' characters. You can see several characters from Kung Fu Hustle, "Napoleon Dynamite, Super Size Me and others.

The film's writer/director, Hilary Brougher, along with the DP, editor and actors Amber Tamblyn and Melissa Leo were in attendance, all but Tamblyn doing Q&A after the screening. The film doesn't have a lot of light moments. It's a hard subject matter, but performances by Tilda Swinton and Amber Tamblyn are quite good. The scene of the bathroom birth, while shot with "less is more" approach, is nonetheless hard to watch. I'd recommend the film, if you're in the mood for a heavy drama. This one's no light romp.

Sightings: Amber Tamblyn (in addition to the screening, on the Main St. earlier in the day), Giancarlo Esposito, Sally Kirkland

Movies: Stephanie Daley - My first Sundance screening - 11:30pm at the Library Theatre.

Weather: Cold and clear.


Anonymous Ellen said...

Don't feel bad about not getting into "Wordplay" Sunday. I'm *in* the movie and couldn't get in (we had to come at 7:30 just for the Q&A).

(I found this by Googling all things "Wordplay.")

6:49 AM  
Blogger Neal Romanek said...

Does anyone actually get to see any movies at Sundance?

4:40 PM  

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