Sundance 2007: Leveled

by twhalliii
January 20, 2007 10:38 AM
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Between screenings (love the free Wi-Fi at the Albertson's!), so apologies for the brevity...

One of the best reasons to come to Sundance is to re-connect with colleagues and friends and today, my third day in Park City, offered me my first real chance to catch up. So far, so good; It was nice chatting with Alison Willmore, whose blog is one of the touchstones, saw Jill, who is moving to the neighborhood, Matthew between screenings, David is looking well. The reason for the delay? Yesterday, the first full day of screenings, I was completely leveled by food poisoning.

I don't know how many of you have experienced the absolute hell that is food poisoning, but its 36 hours after the troubles began and I still feel like someone is crawling through my stomach. Tomorrow, the pipes should be all mended, but boy, oh boy; Spending your first day at Sundance on the couch hallucinating for what seems like 8 hours only to look at the clock and realize that three minutes have passed, well, that is no way to kick off a festival. On the mend now, but what a start to the "festivities". Oy.

Today has been a nice start; Tom DiCillo's Delirious was a lot of fun with Steve Buscemi at his rageaholic best, Mitchell Lichtenstein's Teeth had every man in the theater squirming with nervous laughter (more on this film later) and Tommy O'Haver's An American Crime was a terribly sad, highly accomplished portrait of small town America at its worst; Imagine Dogville without the smirk. Powerful.

Three for three today with three to go. I'll be writing more as the days go by (no Wi-Fi in the condo despite many attempts to fix it), and here's hoping the rest of the fest is sickness free. More soon...

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