Third Eye: BTR at the Sundance Film Festival - Part 2


The Sundance Film Festival carries into the night. Photo by Courtney Garcia.

This week, Hollywood turns its focus to the humble, snow littered streets of Park City, Utah where the 2012 Sundance Film Festival is well underway. BTR’s Courtney Garcia is in attendance, not only to cover the event for our Music & Movies Theme Week (starting Monday, February 20th) but also to live blog about her experience in getting familiar with the most creative minds of today’s silver screen. Here’s a recap of the third day of festivities in Park City.

BTR Live Blog: Sundance Film Festival Day 3

The power of cinema to transcend human consciousness was evident today at Sundance. Most of us love to laugh and cry with our movie characters, but the thrill of a festival like comes from witnessing actors and filmmakers display their own passion for the artistry. Today’s standout, and likely one of the week’s most notable films, was The Surrogate, an autobiographical tale of a man with polio, who spent the majority of his days attached to a machine, yet decided at the age of 38 it was time to lose his virginity. The drama stars John Hawkes, who can literally do no wrong and manages to balance comedy seamlessly with internal sorrow, alongside Helen Hunt and William H. Macy, also in moving performances. Amidst the crowd at the premiere were the real life people depicted by the feature, who offered praise to director, Ben Lewin, as the audience rose for a standing ovation. More to come with the cast tomorrow…

The cast and crew of LUV take the stage at Sundance. Photo by Courtney Garcia.

Love exploded in the room for Common’s new film, LUV, a chilling portrayal of the cyclical nature of slavery in the present tense Baltimore drug trade. Sheldon Candis, writer/director of the story, was brought to tears before and after his screening, enlivened by a dream come to life and a narrative that hit extremely close to home. Without a doubt though, it was nine year-old Michael Rainey Jr. who stole the show, killing it with depth and honesty in every single scene of the picture. Watch out for this kid on the up and up.

The day concluded at Bing Bar, where hip hop act Theophilus London drank a glass of Riesling and discussed his multidimensional sound as well as his style of romance. He performs at the festival tonight with Asher Roth.

Day three overall was inspirational, especially for those of us deeply in love with the movies…

To keep up with Courtney throughout the week, you can follow her regular updates on the BreakThru Radio Twitter account and Facebook page as well as regular updates here on Third Eye.