Along with two wonderful friends, I saw fantastic, thought provoking work, mostly by directors, screenwriters, cinematographers, etc. many who are in their 20’s and 30’s, mere “youts” according to my cousin Vinny.
In case you don’t know, the purpose of Sundance is for film makers to secure attention for nationwide distribution. For the lucky ones, major studios such as Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, and Disney, as well as streaming and premium cable companies like Amazon, HBO, and others will purchase the rights to distribute the film.
There was Oscar buzz regarding The Birth of a Nation about Nat Turner. A documentary about Anthony Weiner (go figure) won an award. Several movies like As You Are left the audience silently exiting moved by the message; there was even one called Mr. Pig with Danny Glover and Maya Rudolph, a father and daughter coming to terms with wasted lives. Ali and Nino, historically based in Azerbaijan prior to WWI, although not an award winner was my favorite. But, without distribution, many worthy films are left to collect dust on the shelves.
No, I didn’t see Robert Redford, but I did meet many fascinating people in the film industry—several from foreign countries just standing in line waiting to purchase a ticket, riding the free shuttle, or sharing a table for coffee.
Although it takes a mere $1 – 2 million dollars to produce a film, it takes tens of millions to distribute. And then I thought… it costs nothing at all, except precious time, to edit a novel. And suddenly I felt my behind getting a little warm. Lighting a fire under oneself comes at the most unexpected times.
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