Behind the scenes at Sundance
We have a special guest blogger this week!
Waterfront Film Festival Co-founder Hopwood Depree is attending at Sundance, and he's been filling me in on all the action!
I asked him to write a quick blog or two about what's happening.
Enjoy-- and see you at 10!
Report from Sundance Film Festival - Park City, Utah
I've been having a great time here in Park City for the 25th Annual Sundance Film Festival. There are a whole new crop of cool films with a lot of new fresh faces starring in them. Also a lot of A-list actors attending this year's fest with their latest indie films. This has also been one of the warmer years (sunny and 45 degrees). There are less people here than in years past, probably due to cutbacks and the Inauguration, but the theaters are still packed. In many ways it's the perfect amount of people - lots of energy on the streets, in the theaters and at the parties, but not too packed that you can't get a dinner reservation or a drink at the bar! One of my favorite films at this year's festival:
"PUSH: Based on the Novel by Sapphire" - I predict big things for this indie pic. This isn't the same "Push" that's currently opening in theaters. This is the story of an overweight African American sixteen year old girl who is struggling against all odds growing up in Harlem. The performances in this film are nothing short of amazing. Newcomer Gabourey Sidibe stars in an emotionally challenging role that's sure to bring her major attention. Mariah Carey is so convincing as a welfare office employee you might not even know or believe it's her. Sure to "push" audiences to an emotional edge and sure to be one of the breakout films of this festival.
Several of the other films that are getting are attention "500 DAYS OF SUMMER", "THE COVE", "NO IMPACT MAN".
I'm off to screening of "WORLD'S GREATEST DAD" starring Robin Williams. This one has also been getting good buzz so I'm looking forward to checking it out. Still a lot more to see!