This Wednesday morning, Erin and I will be boarding a plane for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival where we will be volunteering for the second year in a row. Last year we submitted our short film ‘Number 9’ to Sundance and decided we should buy plane tickets and plan to go just in case our film made it into the festival. It didn’t (boo), but we discovered we could volunteer; and after a few submitted forms and telephone conversations, we were official volunteer ushers at the Prospector Theater in Park City, UT. Needless to say, we had a blast. A few highlights include meeting Mark Ruffalo and Lea Thompson, having our minds blown by movies like ‘Enter the Void’ and ‘Gasland’ and spending time with Erin’s family in Salt Lake City.
This year, we may actually have some footage playing in the documentary ‘Life in a Day,’ a collage of footage submitted from people around the world all filmed on July 24th, 2010. We focused our footage on our Reel 9 partner Jim sharing what a normal day is like for him living with Muscular Dystrophy. The producers just announced that they have notified the 20 individuals the film will focus on. Unfortunately, we weren’t one of them, but they will be showing clips from a lot of other submissions. We made it into the last round of cuts, so we’re hopeful that at least a brief glimpse of Jim ends up in the film. Fingers crossed. Regardless, we will be filming some additional footage and producing our own documentary peering into Jim’s life sometime in 2011.
Well, we’ll certainly provide an update of our experience once we return complete with photos and a list of movies to look out for once they are released nationally. I’ll be tweeting up a storm while there (as long as my iPhone holds up….unlike last year…note to self: don’t take iPhone ice fishing) so if you’re interested in receiving real time updates, follow us on twitter (Reel9Production), or you can check out our home page for a live feed of our tweets.
Well, I for one can’t wait to wake up surrounded by mountains, celebrities and Utes (what one calls a resident of Utah or a member of the Native Tribe after which Utah was named).
Til February, Philadelphia.