Another Sundance Film Festival has come and gone and I am again astonished how much film moves me.  I did a couple of posts while in the midst of the festival but this post will be a recap of how my week played out.  This was my fourth festival to attend and each year I seem to get the hang of the festival a little better.  I have mentioned before but it bares repeating.  I am fortunate to have a dear friend who includes me in her plans.  Thank you Ruth!

The Dallas gang with the producers from Paper Street Films (INFINITELY POLAR BEAR)

Sundance:  The Dallas gang with the producers from Paper Street Films (INFINITELY POLAR BEAR)

Getting there:  Take a non-stop flight from Dallas to Salt Lake City.  From there it is just a short thirty minute drive to Park City, Utah.  American Airlines has several non-stop flights a day.

Accommodations: My cinephile friend rents the same house each year.  Staying centrally located in Park City, Utah is key to getting around to all the theaters.  We also hit the grocery store the day we get there.  That way there are plenty of provisions at the house.  Starting the day with a good breakfast is key to the pace of the film festival. Oh, and be sure to take some EmergenC every day.  There are plenty of hotels, lodges, condos and private homes in the area.

Plans: We average about two films a day.  On ambitious days we will do three.  Mapping out what you want to see is a good plan.  Be flexible.  As you start seeing films, other patrons will converse with you about what is good and what to skip.  You don’t have enough time to see everything you want to.  Because we are there for the film festival, we do not opt to ski or do any other winter activities.  There are plenty of things to do in the area and a lot of folks do participate.  Park City is a ski resort after all.

2014 Sundance re-cap: In order, these are the films that I saw.  I am not a film critic so I will not dive in to elaborate details.  Full descriptions and details of each film can be found on the Sundance Film Festival site.  The best thing about this film festival is that you will always have the talent at the film screening.  They stay after to participate for the Q & A.

WHIPLASH – Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons; great opening night film that won two awards at the festival

CAMP X-RAY– Kristen Stewart; great film about a woman stationed as a guard at Guantanamo Bay

GOD’S POCKET – Phillip Seymore Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, Christina Hendricks; directed by actor John Slattery

INFINITELY POLAR BEAR– Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana; I absolutely LOVED this film.  Some of Mark’s best work.  I was sobbing at the end of the film.  Very moving story!

LAND HO – Paul Eenhoorn and Earl Lynn Nelson; hysterical film about two older men who take a trip to Iceland

LIFE AFTER BETH – Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon; good zombie movie

ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE – Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton; beautifully shot film about two vampires and their love.  This film makes me want to be a vampire.

THE SLEEPWALKER – Gitte Witt, Brady Corbet; strange and very hard to figure out… thought-provoking

COLD IN JULY– Michael C. Hall, Do Johnson and Sam Sheppard; based on the novel by Joe R. Lansdale and set in East Texas.  Very intense drama with a twist at the end.  Don Johnson has aged very well!

THE SKELETON TWINS – Bill Hader, Kristen Stewart, Luke Wilson and Boyd Holbrook; great film and it’s a drama (with this cast you might have thought is was a comedy)

LITTLE ACCIDENTS – Elizabeth Banks, Boyd Holbrook, Jacob Loftland, Josh Lucas; wonderful little film about a coal mining accident in West Virginia

This I know:  Boyd Holbrook is the new Brad Pitt!

Elizabeth Olsen with Boyd Holbrook at the private dinner for LITTLE ACCIDENTS

Sundance: Elizabeth Olsen with Boyd Holbrook at the private dinner for LITTLE ACCIDENTS  Photo courtesy of Sundance Film Festival

A complete list of the awards given this year can be found here – 2014 Sundance awards

The dates for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival have already been set.  Mark your calendar for January 22- February 1.  The festival has shifted a week later to avoid MLK weekend.  The good news is that you don’t have to wait that long to enjoy a good film festival.  We have the Dallas International Film Festival right here from April 3-13.

Final note:  UBER did a fantastic job getting people around this year.  Sundance did a sponsorship/partnership with Acura and UBER. Twenty-five black Acura MDX vehicles were used to move people around.  Brilliant I tell you!

UBER drive in an ACURA

Sundance:  UBER driver in an ACURA

xoxo- Tanya


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