The second day at Sundance will certainly feel like the tenth day. Utah’s weather can’t seem to make up its mind, changing from pleasantly cold to freezing in a matter of hours. And very much like the weather, our choices in movies –which were scheduled in advance- can suddenly become unpredictable.
You might have to miss out on a screening you were dying to see and take a chance in catching James Franco before he walks into the premiere of I am Michael. There is a unanimous feeling Sundancers agree on and it’s that you will always feel like you are missing out on all the big films, but I think the charm of Sundance is even if you don’t get to see everything –which is nearly impossibly- you can expect to be surprised.
Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone, Don Verdean) told us the way to make it through Sundance is to hydrate. Wise words, of course, but we quickly realized that there is only one thing that could get us through the day and the cold. Coffee. And chap stick. If you forget your chap stick, it’s going to be a trying day.
Josh and I opted for our second dose of caffeine at Main Street Deli, a small shop with a bright blue exterior and every kind of warm bagel and you could have it in any way you liked, as long as it was slathered in cream cheese.
For our first feature of the day it would be every man –and woman- for himself. Josh stayed on Main Street to catch a horror flick The Reversal at the Egyptian Theater. Stephen caught Ewan McGregor’s Last Days in the Desert. As for me, I made my way to the Yarrow Theater for some Italian cinema.
In a hotel theater, an audience dove into the world of Cloro (Chlorine) , about a 17-year-old girl Jennifer, whose dream of becoming a synchronized swimmer are shattered when a tragedy occurs in the family and she is forced to move away to a remote town in the mountains. While dealing with grief and taking care of her sick father and nine year old brother, she discovers a pool in town and possibly her last hope to happiness.
Sundance deserves its own soundtrack, something fast paced and agitated. Even though the snowy mountains and the kind volunteers help preserve a calm demeanor, do not be fooled. You are always at the cusp of missing your next event and for us, it was the red carpet and premiere of James Franco’s second feature, I am Michael.
Directed by Justin Kelly, I am Michael tells the true story of Michael Glatze and his journey from gay activist to saved from homosexuality when he turns to God. We managed to talk to several people who worked on the film, including the director who told us even though it is a story about sexuality it’s more about understanding a man’s reasons for changing without criticism or judgement.
In comparison to last time, our red carpet moment was busier, more cameras and reporters waiting for James Franco to arrive. Unfortunately, he did a last minute appearance and only stuck around for pictures and a quick interview with HBO.
After a hectic day we slowed down to enjoy Park City at night, something we had not been able to do yet. Main Street was shimmering with colorful lights lining the buildings’ edges and forming zig-zag pattern across the street. The restaurants were full and the sidewalks busy as the weekend approached and more people came out.
Our dinner choices kept changing as the restaurants’ waiting list kept increasing. One hour wait for sushi. Forty minute wait for a French Bistro. In the end, our last option ended up being the best one: Italian night at Cisero’s, a dimly lit restaurant at the top of the street that served cheesy fettuccine Alfredo, so good we forgot to take a picture of it. And after that spectacular food coma, our second day at Sundance was done.
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