Day 2 – four films

Unfortunately, due to the snow, I-80 was closed on and off throughout the day, so film personnel were not brought down the hill from Park City for Q&A.  Thus, there no photos with important persons today, but there is still haiku.  (And just how cheeky is that: thousands of hours and millions of dollars getting summarized in 17 syllables?)  

1/2 Revolution (World Documentary):  The immediate in-your-face chaotic filming reflects the scariness of a mob in revolution.

Anger and chaos
     Black hole of revolution.
     Did anything change?

With friends for 1/2 Revolution

The Queen of Versailles (US Documentary):  The ultimate in tackiness and narcissism.  As an audience member, it was difficult not to be embarrassed for them.
     Gorgeous trophy wife
     Mesmerizing mammaries
     Boo boob bankruptcy
Elena (Spotlight): This (very) slow moving film builds in intensity without notice and leaves you wondering what the motivation really was.  Crafty use of an original Philip Glass score.

     Philip glass cello
     Tell tale heart throbbing
     Viagra to death

And contributed by Sarah:

     Melancholic throbbing
     Atmospheric sound scapes
     Mother strangles wife
Big Boys Gone Bananas (World Documentary):  Classic story.  David prevails over Goliath.  In this case it is little-bitty film maker vs. international corporation.  The film and story are dry, but they make their case and get their point across.
     Film offends chairman
     Banana thugs sue artist
     Swedes defend free speech

1/2 Revolution to start the day… more on the way!

After a hectic morning of picking up visitors, meetings, and more, I made it to my first film of the day, ½ Revolution.  It was fine.  I didn’t love it and I certainly won’t watch it again, primarily because the jerky footage was headache inducing.  As the filmmakers ran around the chaos of Cairo, I began to get vertigo.  Also, the film simply didn’t flow.  Yes, there was a timeline, but there was no exploration or resolution.  Yes, the title does suggest this lack of resolution, for the revolution is ongoing, but the film suffered from a lack of construction and introspection.  There is certainly good, powerful footage, but either there was not enough time or emotional distance to do justice to the complex issues surrounding the Egyptian Revolution.  However, this film was a great reminder of events that happened only (!) one year ago – I stood in lines at Sundance last year discussing these events.  I got to relive this bit of history from a different perspective and with an incredible immediacy.

I’m grabbing a quick bite to eat after The Queen of Versailles and an update will be on the way later.