Sundance Blog: This Trip Has Derailed

A Michigan Wolverine and an Ohio State Buckeye — Taken by a crack photographer and his iPhone

It is true that the Sundance Film Festival does not officially end until Sunday evening, but for me it is all over but the cryin’. I promised in yesterday’s blog entry that I would be seeing a midnight showing of Anvil!: The Story of Anvil!, but that didn’t happen. In fact, that would make for the third film in as many days that I was really interested in that I missed for one reason or another. I wanted to see Donkey Punch a few days back, but had an interview scheduled at the same time; I also wanted to see Bottle Shock yesterday, but missed it thanks to the public transportation system’s inadequacies. That brings me to an idea for a list, not a big, in-depth official top ten list, but a list none-the-less. It is the Five Films that I am Pissed that I Missed at Sundance 2008. Keep an eye out for that later today.

So for those not paying attention, you will notice that I saw zero films yesterday, all I did was go to parties — and let me tell you, there is nothing wrong with that. I spent the afternoon working, covering the 2008 Sundance Awards and some key acquisitions, including the Sony Pictures Classics deal to pick up The Wackness. The latter was very disappointing, as I had hoped for The Wackness to get picked up by a studio that would know what to do with it. Oh well, at least we can hope for SPC to get their act together this year so that folks all over can get some much deserved Wackness in their lives.

After the work was done it was time to party! We headed over to the official awards after party, which was pretty lame. Although, we did have a lot of fun looking important (to the point where two ladies approached Alex and myself thinking that we were filmmakers) and scoping out the room for actual important people. The only celebrity sighting of note was Quentin Tarantino. We decided not to say hi to him though, as he has had enough controversy this week — and we are pretty sure he is afraid of Peter.

With our rounds made and our three drink tickets spent on Stella Artiose beer, we headed to a house “gathering” with some publicists. The details of this “gathering” are still coming in, but what I can tell you is that all of these ladies were awesome to hang out with, including the ones who had rejected me for interviews earlier in the week — I still have great affection for them. As well, we are pretty sure that Alex did snow angels at 2am with no jacket on — we will get pictures when they become available.

But that is all speculation. When it comes to hard facts, I know that I regained consciousness some time around 11am this morning, well after the first movie had started over at the Eccles Center. So today I will be seeing the Dramatic Audience Award winner The Wackness one more time, heading out to a final dinner with all the cool kids and coming home to pack. Tomorrow I fly back to good ole’ Columbus, Ohio. Then it is back to the daily grind — movie news, movie news, movie news.

Until tomorrow…

For more news, reviews and buzz from the streets of Park City, check out our Sundance 2008 Homepage.

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet. As of yet, no one has stopped him.

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