Sundance Blog: Leavin’ On a Jet Plane

Imagine Ben Affleck, on the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center, under the direction of Michael Bay. He swoops Liv Tyler up in his arms and proceed to belt out those classic last words in the most horrifically unharmonic way possible. For some reason, it is a scene that creeps into my mind every time I am sitting in an airport awaiting a flight. Oddly enough, that would mean that I think of Michael Bay movies often…

But if we put my infatuation with Michael Bay aside for a moment, it brings us to today — the reality that I am headed for the Sundance Film Festival for the first time. In fact, this will be the first time that anyone from FSR will have hit Main Street in Park City. But that’s not to say that I will be the first “Film School Reject” to make their way to Sundance, as many budding filmmakers bring their hopes, their dreams and their sometimes self-financed films to a vast marketplace where companies like Picturehouse, Fox Searchlight and many other indie outlets seek to pick up the next year’s Little Miss Sunshine.

Needless to say, I am going to be a long way away from films akin to those that Michael Bay creates, having moved on to a more serious set of films that provide amazing narrative and fantastic depth of story. There is a level of excitement around it that cannot be explained. Five hours, one layover and 1,693 miles from now I will join my good friends Peter from Slashfilm and Alex from First Showing in Park City, in the midst of day one of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Hopefully, you will come along as well.

Today’s Agenda includes:

The World Premiere of In Bruges, starring Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Feinnes. (Look for a review sometime in the late evening.)

The In Bruges After Party (Held at a top secret location, so I’m sure it will be interesting.)

As you can see, I will be jumping right into the coverage. Keep it locked to our 2008 Sundance Film Festival Homepage all week as I will bring you up-to-date reviews, news and features from Park City, Utah.

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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