did i mention that this year i volunteered at the sundance film festival? i totally did. and let me tell you, it was probably one of my favorite things i’ve done in utah.
last year, hailey and i went to check out sundance on a day we had off of school. we walked around. ate really bad pho. saw demetri martin. rode some buses. wandered aimlessly. i’d say we did everything you can do at sundance… oh, except actually see the films. you see, getting into films at sundance can be… laborious. you have to know what you’re doing. you don’t just walk up to the counter five minutes before showtime and say, “two tickets please”. at the time i didn’t really know the film game, and that made me mad. right then and there i decided the next year would be different.
fast forward to october of this year. i was sitting on my bed one day, surfing the internet when i realized that SUNDANCE was only a few months away, and i needed to get in my application. then and there i signed up, and over the next few weeks did i did telephone interviews and surveys, waited, and did a double heel click when i was approved for volunteering at temple theatre.
if you’re ever looking for a great opportunity to get good perks, meet cool people from all over, and see a bunch of good films, volunteer at sundance. it was such a good experience, and i only wish i could have done more than 24 hours in the 10 day period. school is such a joy kill!
egyptian theatre on main.// sundance hq on main cafe
one of the cool parts of sundance is running into the starts. this is willis earl beal, actor in the documentary, memphis. yes, that is a mask, and yes, he was that cool. we chatted for a few minutes while getting coffee at a local shop. he told me i was a juxtaposition, and hell, isn’t that the truth. the stars! they’re everywhere! by the end of sundance, i just walked around knowing that half the crowd was people i should probably know. // me and the egyptian. i grew fond of this place.
the first film i saw at sundance was called e-team. it was a film about human rights watch, a group that investigates crimes against human rights and brings them to the attention of the world. this film dealt largely with the conflict in syria, and was poignant and worthwhile. the best part about seeing films at sundance are the q and a sessions afterward. because this screening was the premiere, many of the cast members were there to answer questions and give their take on different scenes, etc. i loved it. // the free hot chocolate wasn’t too bad, either.
walking down main street // oh heeeeeeeeey amy poehler, paul rudd, and max greenfield. yep, the trifecta. i attended an early screening of a film they were all in, called “they came together”, and holy crap the q and a was funnier than the movie! they are perfect. amy and i were basically wearing the same outfit. it was an 8 am screening, and all i have to say is that the EARLY BIRD GETS THE WORM. driving up to park city at 6 am to get there in time was totally and completely worth it.
that concludes my sundance pics. but really, it was such a great experience. other films i saw included return to homs, lambert & stamp, no no: a dockumary, all the beautiful things, happy valley, & marmot (my favorite!).
my wardrobe is turning increasingly black. // i made pho. i put an egg on top of/in everything.
on a day when the mountains were pretty and and the air didn’t seem so dirty// the hill i trek every day. it doesn’t get any easier, ever!
kourtni and i have been doing live fit, a training program with jamie eason. over the last few months we have formed a habit of going to the gym together every day, so on a day when we couldn’t go together, it was preeeetty lonely. // vip membership at happy sumo is probably life’s best kept secret. all this sushi was half off. also, probably the best sushi i have ever had.
shadows and feet. are these proper church footwear? (don’t answer that)// this semester my life has taken a nice turn for the “stop and smell the roses”, so i don’t feel so stressed out, thanks to much less difficult classes… basically meaning now i have time to lay in my bed and watch scandal while sipping tea. i tell you what, it is nice to be able to breathe again.