I can imagine Sundance 1994 was very innovative and inspirational with the raw films that premiered. Wes Anderson featured his first short film Bottle Rocket which will lead to the feature Bottle Rocket. Kevin Smith’s Clerks. received an NC17 rating just by language. Just by two dudes talking about life. Go Fish directed by Rose Troche, would be one of the first lesbian films that would lead to commercial success. Hoop Dreams directed by Steve James would be one of Roger Ebert’s favorites of 1994 and would lead to many more groundbreaking docs, and Hugh Grant would become a known household name after the premiere of Four Weddings and a Funeral.
I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall that year. But it’s not 1994, I will be going to Sundance 2016. What can I learn from Sundance 1994? Pay attention, look for what’s raw, don’t let the glitz and glamour distract me from the films that are telling a story, a raw story, with no apologies.
Clerks., directed by Kevin Smith
Hoop Dreams, directed by Steve James
Bottle Rocket (Short Film), directed by Wes Anderson
Four Weddings and a Funeral, directed by Michael Newell
Go Fish, directed by Rose Troche