Cinema in the Cold - We're Ready to See Films at Sundance 2015
by Alex Billington
January 22, 2015
It's time. We've packed our winter jackets, long underwear, a pair of boots and gloves/hats galore. The 2015 Sundance Film Festival is about to kick off in the mountains up in chilly Park City, Utah and we're back, ready to fire up the festival and watch films. This is FirstShowing's ninth year in a row covering Sundance. It all started back in 2007, when I made the trek to Park City by driving from Colorado, seeing an impressive 31 films by the end of my first year. I've returned here ever since; I can't help it, I love this festival with all my heart and have grown to appreciate films of all kinds by coming back every year. And I'm ready for more.
Covering Sundance 2015 for FS.net are the regulars: myself, Alex, (constant updates @firstshowing) and Ethan (constant updates @ethan_anderton). As usual, we'll be posting reviews, video blogs, maybe a few interviews, in addition to any other cool content we come across during the next 10 days. Sundance 2015 officially kicks off today (January 22nd) and runs all the way until February 1st; we'll be in town right up to the end, catching many films every day non-stop for 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. Oh yes.
To kick things off, here's a good photo from last year showing the famous Egyptian Theater on Main Street, one of the key venues. I'll be posting more photos to my own Instagram @abillington throughout the fest.
Last year in 2014, I caught an exhausting 32 films and lived to tell about it, including films like Boyhood, Fishing Without Nets, The Signal, Ping Pong Summer, The Overnighters and Frank. Some of our favorite films of Sundance 2014 were: Damien Chazelle's Oscar nominated Whiplash, Gareth Evans' awesome The Raid 2, Ira Sachs' heartfelt drama Love is Strange, and Adam Wingard's action indie The Guest. Ethan loved the Roger Ebert doc Life Itself, Mike Cahill's mysterious drama I Origins, Craig Johnson's excellent comedy The Skeleton Twins, and David Wain's comedy They Came Together. What will we fall in love with this year? I'm already anxious to find out. Follow here as coverage begins today. Bring on the cinema.
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 already named our Top 10 Most Anticipated Sundance 2015 films earlier this week, but there's so many more yet to be discovered, yet to be seen, and I can't wait to start screening. So with that said, let's hope this turns out to be another incredible year of soon-to-be-classics, but for now it's time to toss on a jacket and head out into the cold for these first two screenings on Day 1 of Sundance 2015.