|12 hours on the road and a time|
change and we're still gorgeous!
After a 5:30am pickup on Friday the 20th and a 12 hour drive to Utah The Magic Man crew (director, DC Kasundra, cinematographer, Tom Krymkowski and producer, yours truly) checked into our hotel, changed, drove another 45 minutes and rallied for the opening night party!
Amid all the music, drinks and meeting fellow filmmakers, we gave out a lot of 3D glasses to get people excited about our film. We were part of the Anarchy Program (though I still don't understand why) and screened two times during the festival. But more on that in a moment.
|A snowy first day|
|TMI - Home of Slamdance|
(and sometimes home of TMI)
Yes, the biggest draw was the fact that it was right across the street from TMI but they had good food and brewed their own beer on site. My favorite (for the name) Polygamy Porter - Why Have Just One? Why indeed.
|Tom and DC enjoying the local brew|
|Why don't I wear 3D|
glasses more often?
|Tom shoots DC|
One of the biggest differences between the two festivals (besides the fact that the Slamdance films really were made independently as opposed to the Sundance films which were made with A&E Indie Films and HBO Documentary) was the clothing. One of the Slamdance teams was running around in plastic yellow ponchos with the name of their film stenciled on the back. The Sundance volunteers all wore Kenneth Cole ski jackets with Sundance stitched into the front. Sheesh.
|Tom fighting the good fight|
|Posing before the posters|
are covered up.
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday were much of the same. Movies at TMI, parties and happy hours up and down Main Street, buffalo burgers at the local eating establishments and far too little sleep. Celebrity sightings included: Spike Lee, Neil Young, the kid who plays Luke on Modern Family, William H. Macy (seen behind me but not by me), Nia Vardarlos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), John Hawkes (Deadwood) and Terri Garr - though I was the only one who saw her so this can neither be confirmed nor denied. Even so, I have totally convinced myself it was her.
|Even the graffiti is film related|
|Beth our Slamdance liaison|
At the end of the night it was the closing party. A chance to hang out and then say goodbye to some of the people we met, a chance to try and meet just a few more. It was exhausting but fun.
The next day - a week after we arrived in Utah we hit the road, going back to Cali. Now I've got to get on following up with people I met and keeping those connections going. That and posting these pictures on Facebook. I'll get right on it as soon as I finish my nap.
|Hell to the Yeah|
|Chillaxin at the Slamdance HQ|
|I love snow!|
(for one week only)