Well, some of you know I recently came back from the Sundance Film Festival, in Park City, Utah.
There are a lot of other sites that you can look at for the history behind the festival, but it was created by Robert Redford as an independent film festival, and that is about all you need to know. So here are the answers to some of the questions I have been asked:
So, how did you end up getting to Sundance? My background is, by and large, academic writing. Fortunately for me, the Journal of Religion and Film , the only academic journal that has a relationship with Sundance, was looking for another reviewer. My friend is one of their editors, and I was asked if I would like to go. The stipulations were that I had to “be cool” (we’re all in a condo together, so no whiners allowed) and that I had to be productive (I wasn’t invited to get up at noon and only go to the after parties). I also have a background in vernacular (sometimes known as folk) religion research, so that helped.
How many movies did you see a day? The most I saw in one day was 4.
Did you see any famous people? I saw Zach Braff and William H. Macy, didn’t talk to them, though… I find it very awkward to approach celebrities unless I actually have something to say to them.
What are your most memorable moments? I have two: asking the director of The Green Prince a question at one of the screenings, and having a long conversation with a producer of A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night about some of his upcoming films with folklore themes, and Atlantic Canada.
Where are the reviews? The Journal is open access, but you may have to register for a free user name to read them. There are more to come but a number are up now. Enjoy!