It's VFF Tracey and this week I've joined tens of thousands of other industry types and cinephiles from around the globe in sunny Park City, Utah for Sundance 2011.
This is my 10th year attending (I skipped 2010) and my festival going experience has evolved from *must* seeing 4 films a day and attending every panel possible, to maybe seeing 1 film and networking. Besides the American Film Market, Sundance is the only other U.S. event (I can think of) where filmmakers from all over the world converge, and the international energy in this small mountain town is intoxicating.
Day 1 was jam packed with meeting new people: Floyd Byars (Producer, Pete Smalls is Dead), Michelle Latimer (Director, Choke), David Miller (Producer, A71 Productions) and connecting with friends: Sarah Baker, Hila Shani, and Javier Grillo-Marxuach. And while I was not the target, it was also the day of over-served men calling women "vagina's" at the opening night party at Legacy Lodge.
Anyway, normally, I'm pimping out The Valley Film Festival, but this year I'm wearing several industry caps: Festival Director (of course), Producer (The Human Race), and...Director! Yes, you heard me right. I've re-entered the world as a filmmaker again. I'm representing a fantastic action feature, The Human Race, directed by the uber talented Paul Hough, and am currently in pre-production on a documentary about fluffers. Yes, those fluffers.
If you're in the (435), let's meet up!