Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Sunblogging: Day 8 of the Sundance Film Festival

Today on the way to the theater, we passed a herd of elk…and the SUN came out for a while in the afternoon.

Bilal’s Stand is a film in a new category at Sundance called ‘Next’. These are films that are supposed to help Sundance get back to its roots as a true indie film festival.  They are by new filmmakers and all the films in this category are very low budget. Based on the writer/director’s life, this film takes place in Detroit, was four years in the making, and a project of an inner city outreach program founded by the filmmaker.   It tells the story of a young man torn between family responsibility and his desire to attend college.  Although this film will probably not make it to the big screen, it was authentic and uplifting.

An Italian film starring Tilda Swinton and Marisa Berenson, I am Love is filled with lush cinematography. The story of dynamics within a wealthy family and forbidden love. I didn’t dislike it, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would.

3 Backyards features Edie Falco and  Kathryn Erbe (Law and Order: Criminal
).  It presents three parallel stories on a typical day in  suburbia.  It held my attention as it created an aura of suspense, but fell a little flat. Perhaps because of other recent ensemble films such as Crash, there was an expectation of some type of coming together or resolution of the stories. Then again, maybe it was refreshing that there wasn’t!  The post film Q and A with the director did help give some perspective to the film, but that shouldn’t have been necessary.

Three more deals have been announced.  The films, Twelve and Hesher were picked up in spite of receiving poor reviews. The Kids are Alright was also bought, but this one has received good reviews.  It was on my list to see, but, unfortunately, I couldn’t get to all of them!

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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