Having your film screen at the Sundance Film Festival is a dream for any filmmaker, but the experience can also wear you down. The rush of premiering your film to audiences at the most influential independent film festival in the world also comes with the stress of selling it to buyers, not to mention talking to endless rounds of press on little to no sleep.
Taking a breather from the festival mere hours before tonight’s awards ceremony, the Austin-based Zellner brothers (here with their well-received Grand Jury Prize contender “Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter”) — along with some of their crew and Sundance’s Director of Programming, Trevor Groth — took the slopes here in Park City not to ski, but to ride the Alpine Coaster, and invited Indiewire along for the ride.
Winding down more than a mile of loops and steep curves at speeds up to 30 mph might not sound like a day at the spa, but for the Zellner brothers, it was just what they needed.
“That was so serene,” Nathan Zellner (the co-writer of the twosome) said after hopping off his ride. “It was a good finish to a long week. It was definitely my most relaxed moment of the festival. I was in a zen state cruising down.”
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David Zellner (director and co-writer of “Kumiko”), said it was nice to get “a little escape” following what’s been an “emotional” week. “The film took over a decade to get made. We had a lot of false starts with it. When the premiere ended, it was hard for me not to get a little choked up.”
Groth made the most out of his “first open moment” of his entire festival schedule to spend some downtime with the Zellner brothers. “I’m feeling exhilarated now after going down the Alpine Coaster, which made me think, maybe I missed my calling,” he joked. “I might be more naturally inclined for riding the luge than programming a festival.”