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Thursday, January 26, 2006

Sundance Film Festival - 01/24/06

Tuesday is the last day of the HD House. After a panel by Melissa and Brandon Balin, a pair of filmmakers who used the Viper Infinity on their independent production, Freezerburn, we began breaking down our little piece of Sundance.

In the evening, I drove into Salt Lake City to catch a screening of Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out documentary on The Police directed by Stewart Copeland. It's a compilation of Super 8 footage shot by the drummer during the band's rise to fame. As a documentary, it's not a great film. Stewart is a great drummer, but he's not a great filmmaker based on this film.

As a fan, I enjoyed it as a peek behind the scenes of one of my favorite bands. You get the chance to see the other side of all those pictures of the band where you see Stewart holding his Super 8 camera.

It's fun to see some early moments in the composition of some of their hits like "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da." You also get a pretty clear picture that though Copeland respected Sting's talent, there was no love lost between the two. He lays the blame for the end of the band squarely on the singer's shoulders, though I've never heard Sting deny that this is true.

The downside is that the sound, which was probably recorded on a little mag stripe on the Super 8, is far from hi-fi. The scenes from concerts are more fun as a record of the band's point-of-view than as a source of newfound live tracks.

Since it was a screening in SLC, no one from the production came down for Q&A, though I've seen in the trades that all three members of the band have been in Park City. In addition to being one of the subjects of this film, Sting along with his wife Trudie Styler, are in town as producers of A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints. I'm assuming that Andy Summers was here to support Copeland and his film.

I've always thought this and the film really illustrates it well, but Andy really reminds me of a chatty version of Harpo Marx. Not only does he look like him, but he also has that sort of sense of humor.

I wouldn't recommend this film if you're looking for a great movie, but if you’re a fan of The Police, it really is a must see.

Movies: Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out

Sightings: none

Weather: Cold and clear


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