POV’s series producer Yance Ford is at the Sundance Film Festival. She’s blogging and twittering from Park City throughout the week.
Well, the infamous Sundance wall reared up and smacked me on Tuesday. Keeping up with the meetings, screenings, panels and parties here in Park City is an exhausting (though fun) job, but once in awhile you know you’ve got a glazed-over look on your face that means you need to go home or take a nap. I took a nap, thank you, and feel pumped for my final day at SFF 2010!
Tuesday was a busy day for documentary filmmakers, both the ones supported by the Sundance Documentary Fund (SDF), and the filmmakers attending the festival looking for face time with some of the industry’s biggest funders. I’m not sure how the SDF staff handles a slew of grantees as well as a throng of other filmmakers vying for space at the table, but they did so with aplomb. The staff of the Doc Fund, Kristin Feely, Lesli Klainberg, Win-Sie Tow, Dyana Winkler, Patricia Finneran and Cara Mertes, have carved out homes for doc makers &mdash at the filmmaker lodge, various panels, grantee breakfasts, as well as funder meetings and round tables. When SDF says “Welcome to the Sundance family,” they mean it, and the grantees I’ve spoken to here have really appreciated it.
Tuesday also saw the annual Chicken & Egg party, toasting three SFF 2010 films they supported: The Oath (POV), My Perestroika (POV) and A Small Act (HBO). Wendy Ettinger, Julie Parker-Bennelo and Natalie Difford were gracious as ever, honoring their grantees and demonstrating why funders like Chicken & Egg Pictures are essential.
Today the Saving Democracy panel takes place at the filmmaker lodge. I ranted a little about the Supreme Court and the implications of its ruling on campaign contributions a few days ago , but I’ve calmed down now, and look forward to a robust conversation between Michael Ratner, Laura Poitras, Amy Goodman and Alex Gibney. Wendy Levy, of the ever innovative BAVC, is hosting a panel on Web 3.0 at New Frontier on Main later today. Sign up for the Sundance newsletter and you’ll be informed when the podcast versions of the 2010 panels will be available for download. I missed a few great panels last year, but the podcasts are almost like being there. And, I’m FINALLY going to see Casino Jack! I missed Life 2.0 (sorry, Jason) and a few other films from my must-see list, but don’t worry filmmakers, I’ll be bugging you for screeners on Monday.
Have I mentioned that POV has three confirmed films at the festival this year and they’ve all been buzzed about in some way or another? Well, our films are getting major buzz! Awards are handed out in a few days, and as always, we’ll see if audience buzz matches up with the Jury’s decisions.
When I use the word “buzz” in successive sentences, it’s clearly time for me to stop writing. I’ll wrap up my Sundance reporting tomorrow from the Salt Lake City airport while I wait for my red-eye back to NYC. I’ve been reading about the body scan machines and I think they use them at SLC. Looking forward to that…