Sundance 07 Day 1 Wrap-Up: Chicago 10, Delirious, An American Crime
by Alex Billington
January 21, 2007
Sorry for the late post in actually getting this up - as it's been hectic, tiring, and overwhelming the first few days. Sundance so far has been incredible, and the first day was a wonderful start to what is going to be a great week. I got around to seeing 3 films on Friday: Chicago 10, Delirious, and An American Crime. All are fine films, but of course, not all of them are perfect.
Although it's quite cold out here, Sundance is still a fun festival all packed into a quaint little mountain town. Park City is bustling with people on every street corner - the most of which are big industry regulars from Los Angeles wearing their furry boots and oversized sunglasses.
What I am most impressed at so far is the theater venue. As I hope you know we're an advocate for the highest quality movie theater experiences, and the Eccles has been great so far. It's a high school performing arts auditorium completely converted into a 1000 seat screening room with a huge screen and high quality projectors and great sound. The video and sound quality in this makeshift auditorium is better than in most professional auditoriums - and I've enjoyed seeing movies here more than almost any other theater in the world.
The first three films I've seen today are great, but not outstanding. Delirious was the most enjoyable so far, and I'll definitely recommend it and hope it gets picked up. The director and a handful of actors and crew have been present at nearly every screening (as you can see below for An American Crime) and it's a much better experience being in the presence of the talented people who made the films. I'll admit I gain a little more respect and understanding for the film when they are there to answer questions.
An American Crime actors including Ellen Page, James Franco, Catherine Keener, Ari Graynor, and Hayley McFarland.
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