Thursday, January 20, 2022

Sunblogging: Day 7 of the Sundance Film Festival

Elton John

Elton John

Still snowing……

I started my morning with a 3D documentary, Cane Toads: the Conquest, or, as the filmmaker quipped, Avatoad, with humor, it presented the plight of the cane toad in Australia; 150 were imported to help solve a problem with a sugar cane destroying insect.  As so often happens when man tries to control nature, it didn’t work and the toad population has grown to 1.5 billion.

I was disappointed with Night Catches Us, the story of former Black Panthers in 1970s Philadelphia.

Sympathy for Delicious was directed by and stars Mark Ruffalo as a recently disabled DJ who becomes involved with faith healing.  I have to admit I only saw a little over half of it, but that was enough.

My fifteenth film of the festival was Nowhere Boy, the story of a young John Lennon.  Initially, I had trouble getting into the film; no weakness of the film, but rather, because Elton John sat down in front of us and there was quite a collective buzz going on in the audience!  The film was well done and enjoyable, revealing aspects of Lennon’s early life that I think few know or remember.

And then we drove home in the snow…………

Vickie Kelber is familiar to many as an ex-City councillor as well as one who has served in many volunteer positions including work with Christmas Island Style, the Marco Island Film Festival, Citizens for a Safer Marco, the Marco Island Historical Society, and the Collier County Environmental Services Turtle Monitoring Program. Before establishing permanent residence in Marco Island with her husband George in 1999, for 25 years she was School Psychologist and Director of Special Services for the New Jersey Department of Education.

Vickie currently enjoys travel, photography, and as you can see, is an avid fan of films.

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