Let It Begin! Sundance 2013: Time to Discover Some Cinematic Gems
by Alex Billington
January 17, 2013
We're back yet again in cold but beautiful Park City, UT, bundled in layers of clothing and jackets, ready to kick off another Sundance Film Festival. This will astonishingly be my seventh year in a row I've attended (my very first year was 2007) and I'm always anxious to return, I love this fest and everything about it. From the snow to the town itself to the people/friends to the screening venues to the films and staff and volunteers and everyone/everything else inbetween. There's nothing like it, and I'm always excited to arrive and start seeing films, hoping to discover some true cinematic gems. Let's kick off Sundance 2013!
Covering Sundance 2013 for FS.net is: myself, Alex (constant updates @firstshowing), Ethan (constant updates @ethan_anderton) and Ben (updates @benpears), and we'll be posting reviews, video blogs, maybe a few interviews, and any other cool content we can throughout the next 10 days here. Sundance officially kicks off today (January 17th) and runs all the way until January 27th, which is how long we'll both be here, seeing multiple films every day non-stop for all 10 days. It's always an exhausting, seemingly-never-ending journey to make it all the way to the end, but worth it to get the complete festival experience.
Ethan and I recorded a quick opening "Day 0" video blog talking about some of our most anticipated films:
Some of my all-time favorite Sundance films from years past are Beasts of the Southern Wild, Drake Doremus' Like Crazy, Marc Webb's 500 Days of Summer, David Michôd's Animal Kingdom, Derek Cianfrance's Blue Valentine, Adam Elliot's Mary & Max, Max Mayer's Adam, Duncan Jones' Moon, Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman's Catfish, Rodrigo Cortés' Buried, and many others. I always want to find films like these that amaze me and entertain me, and if possible, move me as well. I love stumbling across great docs I've heard buzz about, I love being surprised by something I didn't expect, I love the experience when the entire audience goes wild for a film at its world premiere. These are the reasons why I always love returning to Sundance, in hopes of similar and, of course, unique experiences that I won't be forgetting.
We listed our Top 10 most anticipated Sundance 2013 films, but there's many more yet to be discovered, yet to be seen, and I can't wait to start watching. So with that said, let's hope it truly is a vintage year, but now it's time to put on some extra layers and head out into the cold (so very cold) for my first screening tonight.