Festival stays true to roots despite hoopla, Redford says
Belching Cow: I hope your are right and applaud you and your social circles if
you are. I don't count volunteering at the DI (not saying you do) but I love
that your experience has been like that. I myself see a LOT of apathy. People
think they are good people and are very satisfied by that, never wanting or
being willing to be aware of the dark corners of our society.As for
the festival, many of the films get released and get an 'R' rating. That will
happen again this year I bet. I wonder if folks really know what NC-17 really
is. I also wonder how many films posters have actually seen or if they assume.
I hope everybody is being intellectually honest.
Circus covers it, we are after all talking about performing clowns.
Agreed with two posters who complained about Sundance Film Festival being the
venue for the most obscene, vulgar, and twisted films.As a Sundance
FF veteran, I've seen numerous films that are borderline obscene and NC-17. No
content warning in the film description capsule, so read between the lines
carefully.Sundance FF is generally a very left-wing festival in
political outlook with some "social cause" films. Restrepo premiered
at 2010 festival, and long after the festival was over, the co-director
Sebastian J. who wrote The Perfect Storm, said he supports Afghan war. Had he
said that BEFORE the festival, leftist Sundance programmers would have rejected
his film due to mere political disagreement.For those of you who are
"conservative," don't attend Sundance FF. I'd say over 90% of all
films, including shorts, are in the R-rated category (wall to wall profanity,
vulgarity, explicit sex and graphic violence), with at least a dozen
"obscene" and NC-17. Even Sundance have shown films with scenes of
explicit gay pornography.
@Not So Fast"Social activists, something more Utahns could and should
be IMHO, means that people get behind causes in society and get things done to
help others. They fight hunger or homelessness or poverty or under-education. It
means caring and doing more than paying fast offerings."I've
lived in a lot of places and I can tell you Utahns fit this description better
than any other. I know most of my neighbors do. Most Utahns are very involved
in causes to better society.
Used to be a regular attendee for the foreign selection but gave up due to
crowds and vulgarity. It's much easier to find what I want to watch via Netflix
now. Hype and excitement of a theater showing just aren't worth it.
Love the festival. Love good films. Love the fun people I meet there. Love the
crazy atmosphere. Social activists, something more Utahns could and
should be IMHO, means that people get behind causes in society and get things
done to help others. They fight hunger or homelessness or poverty or
under-education. It means caring and doing more than paying fast offerings.I too once found an artist in a lobby at a Sundance screening. Awesome.
We went to a Sundance movie about 6 years ago. It was billed as a comedy with
two huge stars. I saw one of the stars in the lobby, which was cool. But then the movie started and it was shockingly vulgar, full of profanity and
amoral. I know the people we were sitting by probably thought we were idiots for
leaving the show partway through, but it was one of the best things I've ever
done.Beware the unrated movie.
Whine and complain about the "circus" all you want.The
Sundance film festival brings as much notority to Utah as the Mormon Church and
the 2002 Winter Olympics.Maybe you shoulod show somw integrity.You consider Robert Redford Utah's rich and obnoxious uncle.You don't like his jokes [environmental activism, liberal political leanings,
ect.], but you'll laugh and put up with him and all his friends anyway
because you like their money.
People at work have been talking all week about how excited they are to go up to
Park City to celebrity watch. Although I don't get the excitement of spotting a
celebrity it is a unique occassion when you can go somewhere here in Utah and
pass someone that you see on the big screen. I do appreciate the no-name
bands/musicians that are willing to stand in the lobby of one of the theatres
playing accoustic hoping for the chance to be "discovered". I
discovered an artists that way last year and I downloaded her album on iTunes
and love it. Sundance may be a circus but there is still plenty of good that
comes from it.
The picture captions kept referring to one of the movie people as a social
activist. What exactly does social activist mean?
Same circus, different clowns!
The article's title made me think of circus in a negative light. Whoever writes
the titles should reconsider whether or not they represent the tone of the
What would be considered IT.Oh I so want to see and follow the life
of a Movie Star.
Mr. Redford looks pretty old but he still has "it". Amazing actually.