Colleagues and Collaboration

Indiewire By slacek | Indiewire January 24, 2006 at 7:22AM

Colleagues and Collaboration
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Enzian Theater was chosen as one of only 14 art house theaters across the country to participate in the Sundance Institute’s 25th Anniversary film series, so Matthew and I were invited to a brunch Monday morning with staffers from the other 13. All nice folks, it was great to meet them and get excited about a project that we could collaborate on together. More to come on that soon…

Matthew and I then shopped a bit on Main Street before heading off to our first films of the day. FACTOTUM is a compilation of Bukowski starring Matt Dillon and Lily Taylor. Suzy is starting to call this the “self-loathing” festival due to the high number of films with self-destructive characters. Taylor is strong as always, but was surprised by the strong performance turned in by Dillon. He manages to keep his usual charisma and charm while ultimately creating a character for whom we have no sympathy. Drugstore Cowboy twenty years later?

I didn’t get to stay for the Q&A because I had a half hour to get to the next theater and the next film. RIGHT AT YOUR DOOR is a thriller about smart bombs being dropped on LA. The concept is clever, the acting by Rory Cochrane and Mary McCormack solid, but the dialogue is completely flat at times. Just because characters scream and cry the words doesn’t make them interesting. I ducked out without staying for the Q&A for this one either.

2006-01-Sundance049a.jpgBack up on Main Street, most of our evening was spent at the Full Sail party, co-hosted by Suzy and Avid. Great food and nice folks made for a pleasant and relaxing experience. The FilmThreat boys were there enjoying a Full Sail Lager (really!) and we got to chat with Sterling VanWagenen whom Orlando misses desperately. His next project is a doc about Al-Jazeera. What a great man.

At about 11:00, Suzy, Matthew and I ducked out to get to an 11:30 screening of EVERYONE STARES, Stewart Copeland’s home movies about the early days of The Police. A childhood idol, Stewart was there with his brother Miles. Suzy and I were almost reduced to being giggly schoolgirls in his presence. The film was like watching home movies, but was still fun and insightful. Stewart’s Q&A was funny and charming and proved to me why he is a musical genius. Loved it.

One more day to go…
SL