Sundance | End of Day #1

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Wow. Full day. It’s still early here, 6:20 PM, but I feel my adrenaline is slowing down a bit, and I wanted wrap up my evening to share with you a little more, specifically about the people I met.

The people here are amazing, the locals, the people like me coming to see the films, and the people who are in the industry. There is just a laid back vibe that I feel we don’t see enough in Chicago. Also, most of the people here for Sundance are film lovers, so it’s easy to strike up a conversation, we speak the same film lover language.

My first friend I made was a man who waited at the bus stop with me early this morning. He lives in the area, and has been here a long time. He grew up in Chicago. He hasn’t been there since the 70s, but we could talk about certain streets we bout knew about and talk about the different neighborhoods.

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The bus is free, and the bus drivers are so happy to talk to you and help you find your destination. People on the bus today were a mix of locals and Sundance go-ers, and we all just chatted like we were all friends.

In the line to Joshy, I met Bob and Paula. Told them about the Chicago Film Lover Exchange and about CFLX Movie of the Week. They checked it out on their phones and were pretty excited. Then we just were talking about the movies we were excited to see at Sundance, then Melanie Lynskey walked by, and then that started a whole new conversation.

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Jake (NYC transplant in LA) (aka Spartucus) and John (from NYC) (aka Little John), were my buddies during the amazing exhibition The Treachery of Sanctuary installment by Chris Milk. This was awesome, super interactive. And the last installment was awesome because you could stand in front of a screen and your shadowed reflection would make your arms wings and you could fly away. Jake and John raced each other to see who could fly away faster. Awesome.

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Then I met a lady, forget her name now, but she was standing with me in the waitlist line to see The Fits. She’s from Salt Lake City and has been going to this fest for years. She was attending the fest with some of her girlfriends from high school. She let me take her place in the waitlist line because her friends couldn’t join us since they were further back in the line. I was very gracious to her.

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And final friend I made was Carly, she’s here from Cincinnati. She came with friends, but they were more in to the skiing, so she was seeing films solo. We sat next to eachother in the front row for The Fits and we both had a new kind of cinematic experience with our heads completely back. But amazing film, and the film takes place in Cincinnati, which is where Carly is from, that was her main motive in coming to see the film. She gave me the skinny on all the Cincinnati attractions in case I decide to visit :).

So today’s officially  a wrap now, and I’m definitely planning on coming back here next year. Today was a crash course, figuring out how things work, and tomorrow, I’m ready to charge the movies. Here I come!!!

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