Friday, January 21, 2011

Message from Virginia!!

The Sundancers!!!
We scored lots of tickets at the box office last night and most students have already seen their first Sundance 2011 film.  Last night, Alison Clark, Jenna McCay, Maddy Aliotti and I saw the premiere screening of  PARIAH at the Eccles Theatere.  It is the story of a 17 year old African American, lesbian girl struggling with coming out to her parents who are not prepared to accept that their daughter is gay.  The Eccles is located at Park City High School and is the largest theater venue in PC with 1350 seats.  The screening was completely sold out.  We did have to wait in the great snowy outdoors for about 30 minutes before getting into the theater.  (Brrrr!)  The film was fantastic.  It was a fine example of a classic Sundance Indie film:  low budget, a relatively unknown yet phenomenal cast, first time female director (Dee Rees), very compelling, character driven and excellent script.  After the Question and Answer session with Director, Producer, and Cast which follows every Sundance screening, Alison, Jenna, Maddy and I met the lead actress (Adepero Oduye) - see photo.  She was a hugger!  ;-)  A great start to this year’s festival!!
The whole group waiting for the shuttle in Park City, Utah

The Group in front of the Sundance 2011 Box Office

Maddy, Alison, Jenna, Virginia

Jenna, Adepero Oduye, Alison, Maddy

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