We are giving you a day by day live look at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City Utah. OT’s own Jennice Fuentes will be reporting live from the field all weekend.
10:00 am- wake up early and either catch a ride (helps to have friends) or have a car..shuttle system, not very reliable…long, lines…heavy crowds…but film festival staff is superb…make up for all the hassle…stay tuned for interview with Jesse Williams…coming up…
Kenneth Cole again styling the volunteers with snazzy down jackets. This years are orange. Last years blue…and before, that white….volunteers love them…and of course get to keep them… Where are the oscar de la renta donations I wonder…
5:00 pm- Whats the buzz: In the first deal at Sundance, Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the rights in North America to Swedish director Malik Bendjelloul’s debut “Searching for Sugar Man.” Pic focuses on the story of Rodriguez, a singer discovered in Detroit in the late 1960s who failed to catch on commercially, then disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide — but a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, he became a phenomenon. The film follows the story of two South African fans who set out to find out what really happened to their hero.
10:00 pm- Today saw “Half A Revolution” that gives you an on-the-ground view of last year’s Egyptian popular revolt that toppled long-time strongman Hosni Mubarak. Just goes to show that making a documentary is not easy… and “Queen of Versailes” and awesome riches to rags documentary/tragi-comic look at David and Jacqueline Siegel, whose plan to build a 90,000-square-foot mansion in Orlando, Fla., was sidetracked when David Siegel’s timeshare empire suffered reversals in the economic crash of 2008. .
11:00 pm- Ending the evening at the Bing Bar Simon Killer premiere after party.
9:00 am- More screenings, this is a film festival. Checked out “Filly Brown” Up-and-comer Gina Rodriguez stars as the titular character in the Latino hip-hop drama that tells the story of a young street poet who is trying to find her true voice even as she stands on the cusp of stardom. Directed by Youssef Delara (who also wrote the screenplay) and Michael D. Olmos, the film also stars Edward James Olmos, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Jenni Rivera.
4:oo pm- Saw “Violeta se fue a los cielos” Andrés Wood’s musical biography of Violeta Parra… “dudo mucho que Violeta este en el cielo.”
10:00 am- Today’s star sightings so far: “Danny Glover, Ice-T & Coco… and what Sundance wouldn’t be complete without Spike Lee?
3:00 pm- Kristen bell….lovely and tiny..
5:00 pm- Whats the buzz: “Arbitrage”- A great performance by Nate Parker… and a pretty entertaining film by 25 year old Nick Jarecki… and what does his dad think of the movie about a troubled hedge-fund manager… shot at his home no less.
7:00 pm- impromptu reunion of “Blade Runner” cast, Sean Young and Edward James Olmos… now where is that Harrison Ford.
1:00 pm- Watching Joe Berlinger’s “Under African Skies” which sounds like my honeymoon video… film is by far the most movingly beautiful musical documentary at Sundance… Musician Paul Simon is finally vindicated after all the heat he took after Graceland was released. Check out the trailer.
3:00 pm- With Irish actor Alan O’Neill arriving today to the premiere of his movie shadow dancer. MTV has called it one of the 10 most anticipated films at Sundance this year, can’t wait to see it.
Bumped into Michael k. Williams of HBO’s “Board Walk Empire.”
7:00 pm- Whats the buzz: Documentary THE IMPOSTER blew me away…I wonder why the commercial release of this didn’t do better… Here is the plot “It’s 1994: a 13-year-old boy disappears from his home in San Antonio, Texas. Three and a half years later, he is found alive, thousands of miles away, in Spain. Disoriented and quivering with fear, he divulges his shocking story of kidnap and torture. His family is overjoyed to bring him home. But all is not what it seems.”
7:30 pm- Whats the buzz: LUV is “Training Day” for a 9 year old…Terrific cast, loved seeing Common in a leading role.