Tuesday I skipped my first two screenings in order to get caught up on the hundreds of emails flooding my Outlook. Mornings at the Starbucks are always an adventure. The person that wi-fis their condo is a genius, unfortunately that person doesn’t exist…yet. I then ran around and picked up our tickets to the Sundance Channel and Kodak parties. God love the volunteers at the Marriott…twice we got sent on wild goose chases through the hotel looking for the right place to pick up credentials, tickets, etc. If you want to have fun, you gotta work for it.
I dropped off the merch I bought while wondering around the hotel and headed all the way up the hill to the Egyptian for OLD JOY. Easy to see why it was in the frontier section, it is more of a poem than a narrative. No story to speak of, but very beautiful and very real. I met Suz at Java Cow beforehand to give her her party tix and we decided to check Chimayo on the slight chance we could get a dinner reservation…and score! We did.
The Sundance Channel party was hopping when I arrived after my screening. Everyone was in a frenzy because BOB was there! Always a great event the party was full of familiar faces and new friends. I met the gang from GA (and formerly of GA–Brian Newman now with National Video Resources). The ladies from Women Make Movies were there, as was Jeff Dowd, and the indieWIRE gang.
At six Suzy, Matthew and I headed to Chimayo having fun with our schwag from Sundance Channel on the way. Matthew was going on about having to get to a screening and only sitting with us for a few minutes until Paul Devlin (POWER TRIP, SLAMNATION) joined us. Sure, Matthew. Once he saw the food and the menu, he wasn’t going anywhere. Paul joined us and we had a lovely, leisurely two-hour dinner of elk, buffalo, and a butterscotch flan to die for.
We shopped up and down Main as we waited for the Kodak party at the Riverhorse to begin. BTW, the bathroom at the transportation center is the best kept secret of Sundance. So clean it even smells good! At about 9:45 we got in the ever-growing line for the Kodak party. As we were waiting there I saw a small woman and a few filmmakers get in line behind us…could it be? was it? PHONE SEX GRANDMA! We are going to play the short doc that premiered at Slamdance in the Fest this year. Suzy and Matthew were thrilled and had to say hello. Get any pointers guys? More on Grandma later…
The party was fun and we met lots of nice folks. Lucy Liu made another appearance in Matthew’s life. So close, but so far away. Around 11:15 we took off to get to our midnight screening of THE FOOT FIST WAY, a hilarious spoof about a cuckolded martial arts instructor getting his revenge. Suzy bought a ticket from the stand-by line after about 30 people passed…we couldn’t figure out why they passed on a ticket but wanted to wait in the stand-by line, but whatever. Now on my third midnight screening, I finally crashed and despite the fun of the film my head nodded more than once. I woke up cranky and dreaded the final 2:30 am, five degree, one mile walk back to the condo.