January 16-26 is an important 10 days for the arts. The Sundance Film Festival is underway in Park City, Utah. It’s an amazing gathering of people from all walks of life in a tiny, beautiful ski town—all devoted to the love of film!
I was fortunate enough to have once attended (and worked on the now-defunct printed daily newspaper) a few years back. I’ve always wanted to return. I was spellbound by the mingling of people—both famous and not—who came to celebrate the directors, actors, writers, musicians, cinematographers and “little people” who make movies an art form.
And, we aren’t talking about big, flashy blockbuster movies. These are the kind of movies I love: sink-your-teeth-into, cry-like-a-baby, laugh-because-you-truly-relate, learn-about-the-world, nitty-gritty type of movies that travel just under the surface. Independent movies. Movies that mean something.
A quick sampling of things to do: If I were attending this year, I would love to catch the panel discussion that includes director Kevin Smith , Sondre Lerche performing in the ASCAP Music Café, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s creative project, HitRecord. And, one of many films, the movie Ping Pong Summer looks like one I’d enjoy.
To any art and movie lover, I highly recommend attending and/or supporting Sundance. As a graphic artist, I love the posters and gear in their store, too. Some of the celebrity-designed “Artist Editions” are really clever and cool!