Well, we are back in the airport, heading back to Indiana. Everyone is here, everyone is safe, everyone is exhausted. I can feel my brain shutting down as I type. But it’s okay. We played hard this week and learned a lot along the way. Practical things, like checking for ice before stepping out the front door and theoretical things, like the power of ideas.
Now that the festival is over, you can see the winners on the Sundance website, but don’t be fooled, the winning films are good, but everything else we saw was amazing.
Its sad to think that many of these films may never get distributed to a wide audience, that we may never get to share the experience of watching these films with you. I guess you will just have to ask us as many questions as possible to find out what you all missed.
If you asked me what film I enjoyed the most, it would be Safety Not Guaranteed, a romance about time travel, or maybe a time traveling tale with romance. Fortunately, this film was picked up and should get distributed, so you will get to see it! Unfortunately, you will never get to experience the short film that went before it and and the spontaneous laughter that rolled through the theater as we waited for in darkness for the film to start.
The biggest surprise to me was Ai Wei Wei, a documentary about art, activism and China. It chronicles the career of one man as he seeks to push the Chinese government to continue to improve. Between the title sequence and the end credits, this film revealed the power of ideas while remaining fun and entertaining. It also won the award for Spirit of Defiance. I did not expect to like it going in, but it might be my overall favorite.
We are about to board the plane, but we are taking our memories with us. Please ask us about the films we saw. We all saw over 15. Though, as the week went on, they all congeal to becomes some sort of movie goo where all the plots and characters combine and form some ectoplasmic monster! The only way keep it at bay is by talking about the movies!
Do your part, ask a Sundancer about their time. What they liked, what disturbed them, how they have changed. You won’t be disappointed.