Before heading to the Sundance Film Festival 2010, I did a little research and educated myself on the facts. The Sundance Film Festival was started back in 1978 in Salt Lake City and was called the Utah/US Film Festival. It was started by founder, Sterling Van Wagenen, who ran the company called Wildwood, which Robert Redford was affiliated with, John Earle and Cirina Hampton Catania, who both served on Utah’s Film Commission.
The goal back then was to create an interest in independent film-making. The festival was also a competition with awards given out at the end and to conduct filmmaker panel discussions so others could learn and inquire on the concept and creation of projects. In time, the festival moved to Park City Utah and Robert Redford became the chairperson of the event. Since then, Sundance has grown considerably and has drawn attention of celebrities and the paparazzi. Every now and then you will see a camera crew running down the street looking for a movie star.
While walking down Main Street, where most of the events take place, I passed by and was in the company of artists from all different genres. There were film makers such as directors, actors, producers and cinematographers, but also musicians, painters and sculptors at every street corner. Some of the most creative people on the planet engulf this little city. They are searching out others, just like themselves, to compare notes, rub elbows, learn and experience as much as they can during their stay. This festival is the perfect opportunity to get those creative juices flowing and be able to share ideas with people who can help bring those visions to life. The weather in Park City was cold and snowy most days, but that does not deter anyone from venturing out, in lots of layers, to shop an amazing collection of stores. I had my hands exfoliated and moisturized at one little shop and was checking out hand-blown glass wine stoppers at another, you really could spend an entire day shopping.
Main street also has a number of eclectic restaurants to choose from. One special place was called Purple Sage. This tiny restaurant was gorgeous inside with candles lit throughout and comfortable, cozy booths. They took their food preparation very seriously and it was a delicious meal. There were also a number cafes, coffee shops, Irish pubs and sports bars to fit all cravings. The most important part of experiencing the Sundance Film Festival is to see some films that are up for competition. With almost everything being completely sold out, I was lucky enough to get a ticket to a film called Winter’s Bone, one of sixteen in the U.S. Dramatic Competition category.
Winter’s Bone was shot in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri and the story is centered around a young warrior girl who is on a mission to find her meth-making father deep in the wilderness. It was fantastic. Everybody on the streets and in the cafes were raving about this independent film. The story was intriguing, the actors were amazing and every frame of the cinematography was beautiful. The film brought some of the best artists in the business together and they created a masterpiece. In the end, Winter’s Bone was awarded The Grand Jury Prize for U.S. Dramatic Film for The 2010 Sundance Film Festival and will hopefully be in theatres soon so everyone will be able to see it.
Throughout my Sundance 2010 experience, I developed a greater appreciation for artists and the effort it takes to create their vision. If you ever have the opportunity in your lifetime, go and experience The Sundance Film Festival, you will not be disappointed.
Written By: Cristina Pierce
This film was shot with one camera that was operated by cinematographer, Alan Pierce. To learn more about him, please visit his website: http://www.alanpierce.blogspot.com