Here's a wrap up of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival
Sundance was amazing, from the small town, Park City to the neighbouring ski resorts. Park City Main Street
This year’s tagline is Film takes Place
Rosa getting goodies from the Stella Artois tent
Ran in to Bill Macy who has a film called The Deal in the festival. Met him when we were going in to a photo shoot and he was just finishing up. He was so nice. We chatted for a while. I told him I noticed his voice in the film Somewhere In Time by Jeannot Szwarc and discussed how that was really his first film. He was a glorified extra in Somewhere In Time but look where he is now. (see Jaycee trying to get in the picture?)
There was a great space called “Frontiers on Main” where they showcased art installation pieces. They printed jeans in one corner.
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Tobias Pausinger, representative from The Match Factory, The Drummer’s international Sales agent, came from Munich to attend Sundance with us.
Ed Hou (friend), Rosa and Tobias
We met up with a long lost friend, Ann Collier. She lived in Hong Kong for a year. She wrote an article on my first film Rice Rhapsody which was her first venture writing about film. She was hooked. We didn’t hear from her until a few months later we saw that she was our publicity coordinator at Sundance. Small world. It was great to see her there.
Ann and Rosa
Jaycee being interviewed by AXN Latin America
Reuters photographer took us out into the snow. That was fun...
Jaycee and our Publicist crew: Nicole, Kym and Elisabeth
Director of programming John Cooper, director of Riprendimi, Anna Negri, programmer John Nein and me.
24th Jan, the premiere of The Drummer at the Egyptian Theatre in Park City.
Q&A at the Egyptian Theatre
25th January — screening at Holiday Village The Q&A session was great because almost all the audience stayed behind for it.
Programmer Caroline Libresco introduced The Drummer.
At the award ceremony, Bill Macy was the M.C. He called in a favor to ask his wife, Felicity Huffman, to give out an award.
￼ Diego Luna from Y tu mamá también fame
Tarantino said that he didn’t get any awards the year he was there with Reservoir Dogs. He gave a really rousing speech about what an honor it is to be at Sundance with a film.
Jaycee Chan arrived on the 21st. On 22nd, he and I went to work promoting the film. Photo shoots, interviews...
Jaycee was still acclimatizing to the high alititude of Park City.
Then afterwards, went to the ET lounge and he went through the gifitng lounge where he got tons of expensive gifts while being filmed.
Entertainment Tonight shot Jaycee Snowboarding while he talked about The Drummer. At the Gibson Lounge, ET also shot him playing with the band.
At the Competition Film Lounge Geoffrey Gilmour (director of Sundance) and John Cooper (director of Programming) welcomed us all into the Sundance family.
"HBO Latin America" interview
Our publicist, Jim Dobson, waiting patiently while we had our photos taken.
Ran into Neil Young on the street. He's in Sundance to watch the Crsoby, Stills and Nash film at the end of the festival. I also took a couple of pictures with Tom Arnold and Bill Macy. They're on someone else's camera. I'll be posting them later.
We're finally here at the Sundance Film Festival. Rosa and I took the first two days going around to the various parties hooking up with friends and meeting new people. The weather is freezing cold here.
The famous Egyptian Theatre
The festival in full swing. Crowds everywhere.
Yesterday, the directors were invited to the Director's Brunch at the Sundance Resort an hour outside Park City. Robert Redford told us that the real Sundance is there and Park City is only a place they rent out.
At the lunch, I met Sandra Oh, Quentin Tarantino whom when I went up told me he had been reading all about my film. He recognized me from the picture in the program.
I also met and talked to one of my favourite stars Isabella Rossellini who directed 8 1-minute films festuring herself and they're playing in the festival. She was very nice and gracious.
We attended a panel featuring Doug Liman (Bourne Identiy) where they talked about editors and the making of their films.
To finish the day off we saw U2 3D at the 1200-seat theatre where U2 minus Larry Mullen Jr. (drummer) came to present the film. The atmosphere was electric. The crowd screamed and all stood up when they came in.