Friday, January 16, 2009

Sundance Opening Night

So, last night was the official opening of the Sundance Film Festival 2009. Thursday's screenings were two showings of Mary & Max. We attended the second one, along with exactly zero celebrities. We did have the privilege of hearing from the Director of the Festival, the Mayor of Park City, and both the Writer/Director of the film and the film's producer before the screening.
The film was shown in Eccles Theatre, the largest venue of the festival. It holds 1,300 people and every seat was full, plus there were all the ushers there. The sad thing about this venue is that it is a high school auditorium. Yes, you read me right, a high school auditorium. We used high school bathrooms, sat in front of a not huge screen and watched the second showing of a world premier, opening night choice, at a high school. Weird. We also were supposed to abide by the school's policy of no eating in the auditorium. Sadly, all of the movies I have tickets for are showing there. Next year I'll be sure to see films showing at other locations as well. We had seats front and center and were surrounded by eager film enthusiasts from around the country.

The movie itself was incredible. Filmed entirely in stop-motion claymation, it took over a year to film and they shot an average of five seconds of reel a day. Nothing was computer-generated, meaning everything in the movie could be held in your hand. The story and visuals were absolutely unique and stunning. Wonderful writing and characters; semi-autobiographical story. I found a great article on the film here.
Check out the characters at: http://www.maryandmax.com/

5 comments:

Lauren said...

I am so disappointed there weren't any celebrities! I am so shallow, that is the only reason I would go to a film festival haha!

Skye said...

We went a couple of years ago and saw William H macy-but I was hoping for James Franco or some other hottie. But it's fun just for the atmosphere. I like Brandon's goat by the way.

Kami said...

That is fun, there is the Temecula Film Festival here evey year that is always fun to go to and my sister's husband had one of his movies end up showing one time which was pretty cool.

Susan said...

That's a cute photo of you two. The movie sounds great. I will keep the high school auditorium thing in mind. Matt and I always intend to make it to this for my bithday but never to due to a sitter for that long but we're going to try next year for sure!

Annie said...

You are the luckiest gal around. I only went to one Sundance film. It was one with Meryl Streep. But I, like many others, was there to see a face I might recognize. I came away with photos of Hootie and the Blowfish and Dustin Hoffman...not exactly exciting for me.
I'm glad you had so much fun.