Posted by keelsetter on January 13, 2013
I’m packing my bags today and flying out to Salt Lake City tomorrow. The first stop is the 6th annual Art House Convergence – a yearly meeting of independent and art house movie theater owners and operators that takes place January 14 – 17 in Midway, Utah. The conference will include talks and discussions by film historian David Bordwell, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema founder Tim League, actor Crispin Hellion Glover, and even Sundance top dawg Robert Redford will be there for the opening dinner to talk about Sundance Institute. It’ll basically be a bunch of workshops, seminars, and presentations where both film exhibitors and distributors meet to talk business, and this will then be followed by a trip to Park City to attend the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
This year, Sundance runs for 10 days from January 17th – 27th. I’ll only have enough time to catch half of it, and in that time I have over 100 films to choose from. As an Industry Pass Holder, my screenings will take place concurrently in four different theaters. This requires some hard choices when selecting which films to watch, but after some preliminary homework I’ve whittled down my list to the following titles:
Crystal Fairy (World Cinema Dramatic Competition):
When I Walk (Documentary Premieres):
In 2006 Jason DaSilva, a 25-year-old aspiring filmmaker, fell down on the beach and couldn’t get back up. He was later diagnosed with multiple sclerosis – a devastating disease that can lead to loss of vision and muscle control. In this documentary he turns the camera on himself to both chronicle and make sense of his situation. My interest in When I Walk stems, in part, from the fact that I come from Colorado – which, for unknown reasons, has the highest per-capita cases of M.S. in the nation. As a result of this I know over a dozen people that have to deal with M.S., a disease that effects those who have it in very different ways.
There Will Come a Day (World Cinema Dramatic Competition):
A young Italian woman decides to accompany a nun to minister to Indigenous Brazilian villages along the Amazon River. Described as being “a feast for the eyes” (an overused phrase that can be cause for suspicion) I’m nonetheless a huge sucker for any film that takes place on or alongside a big river. Director Giorgio Diritti’s debut film, The Wind Blows Round, made waves on the festival circuit back in 2005.
God Loves Uganda (U.S. Documentary Competition):
Dirty Wars (US Documentary Competition):
Computer Chess (Next):
Google and the World Brain (World Cinema Documentary):
What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About Love (World Cinema Dramatic Competition):
Coming up: some new horror films (S-VHS), more docs (Inequality for All, Manhunt: The Search for Osama Bin Laden, We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks) controversial films focusing on S&M culture (Interior. Leather Bar. and Kink), films about the Beat Generation (Big Sur), a “postmodern voyage into the bowels of ‘family’ entertainment” (huh?) and much, much more. Which is to say… to be continued.
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