- As someone who believes in making your mark in the world, how could I not be impressed by the man of Sundance himself?!?!? I don’t really get star struck, but as with anything, there is always an exception to the rule. Mine – yep, you guessed it. Robert Redford.
- The people. I met some of the most incredible, interesting, inspirational people from around the world. In fact, check out www.getjealous.com/thesmiths -- a fascinating blog by the lovely Eleanor (my Sundance co-worker) and her witty husband, Rich. They are circling the globe (literally!) for a year as a honeymoon and unmatched life experience. Can’t wait to see them again in England to hear about the last portion of their trip.
- Submarine – perhaps one of my favorites throughout Sundance. A witty coming-of-age film http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1440292/
- Like Crazy – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1758692 - it is unbelievably real with such raw emotion that the lines start to blur between how you’re relating to it and feeling like you’re watching it unfold before your eyes. Probably my top Sundance pick.
- Cedar Rapids – If you have ever visited, lived or drove through a small town… or just like laughing, this is a film for you. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1477837/. As a former Iowan, I actually think I know a few Tim Lippes…
- Perfect Sense – Ewan McGregor. Enough said. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1439572/
- The Guard – Hilarious… the guy next to me about choked on his popcorn at least thrice. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1540133/
- Connected – Created by the Webby Awards founder, this shows an interesting look on multiple types of connections in our lives while interweaving the story of her connection with her father. Heartwarming, intriguing and simply enjoyable. http://www.wired.com/underwire/2011/01/connected
- My Idiot Brother – While it wasn't life changing, it was a feel-good comedy with the always entertaining Paul Rudd. Great wknd kick-back-and-relax flick. http://myidiotbrother.com/
- Utah – In a very narrow-minded way, I never thought I’d fall in love with Utah. I did. Gorgeous mountains, good microbreweries, unlimited outdoor activities… it is a great place to clear your head and enjoy life. The food was also outstanding… try Zoom (http://www.zoomparkcity.com/) if you’re ever in Park City.
For anyone interested in volunteering (which was a great way to see/learn about/experience the festival), visit www.sundance.org in September to learn more about the application process. You get access to parties with the directors, the Filmmakers’ Lodge, Music Café, Late Night Lounge, free tickets to the films… so much fun! AND, it was an incredible networking opportunity. From meeting the wonderful members of the Patron Circle to the random people on the shuttle, their stories were often just as facinating as the storylines unfolding in the theatres.
Twenty-nine goals left to go!