POV’s series producer Yance Ford is at the Sundance Film Festival. She’ll be blogging and twittering from Park City throughout the week.
Day four of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival kicked off with a 9 a.m. screening of The Oath by Laura Poitras, followed by the premiere of My Perestroika by Robin Hessman. Both films are playing at the fab (and not that far, people!) Temple Theater. Poitras’ premiere on Friday night was followed by a great review in Variety by journalist Robert Koehler.
Main Street is as crowded as ever, and seems a little overrun with Gossip Girls. I guess this isn’t so unusual for the narrative field at Sundance, but life in documentary-land leaves you ill-prepared to deal with the cute shoes, fur and lack of familiarity with riding the bus that this crowd brings to Park City. Ladies, please step to the rear! For me, adjusting to the altitude this year hasn’t been as bad as it was last year, when the trailer for the Sundance Documentary Fund-supported project Dear Mandela made me cry, and I realized that I might have been a little oxygen deprived. The Dear Mandela sample was amazing, but I never cry at anything. I guess the combination of lack of sleep and less oxygen might have made me susceptible to uncharacteristic outbursts. Watch out! What’s going to happen to me this year?
Last night, the Filmmaker Lodge was packed with filmmakers from the doc, narrative and online world. Mark Elijah Rosenberg of Rooftop Films was there, as was doc guru Sandi Dubowski, Sundance Associate Programmer Basil Tsiokos, POV alum Jesse Epstein, Ingrid Koop of Shooting People, Jess Search from Brit Doc and many more. Last night was also my first sighting of John Cooper, Sundance festival director, and Trevor Groth, director of programming for the Festival. I saw Cooper standing in the doorway briefly and didn’t get to say hello, but at midnight, he looked relaxed and happy. Given the good things I’m hearing about films like A Family Affair, Red Chapel, Restrepo, Howl, Catfish, Last Train Home and many others, I think Cooper and the folks at the Sundance Film Festival have indeed “renewed” an excitement in audiences here. Congratulations to all.
Now, off to The Oath!