Third Eye: BTR at the Sundance Film Festival


Park City, Utah. All Photos 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 her first two days at the world famous festival.

BTR Live Blog: Sundance Festival Days 1 & 2

The snow hit hard on Saturday at Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, proving a grueling trek for everyone’s ski boots (that is if you were smart enough to buy proper gear, unlike yours truly). Yet it was a journey well worth it, with a huge slate of screenings and festivities for premiere weekend at the most preeminent independent film festival of the year.

Ice T debuted his directorial first with a documentary on the craft of hip hop, a compelling film titled, Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap. The feature was a series of interviews with legends past and present, discussing the core of hip hop and featuring all the rapper-turned-actor’s favorites including Grandmaster Caz, Kool Moe Dee, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Rakim, Kanye, Common, and the list goes on. Explaining his ability to put together such an all-star lineup, Ice said in an interview today, “They knew I would tell the story right.”

Other highlights included an interview and screening with the cast of Middle of Nowhere, a narrative by filmmaker Ava DuVernay, looking at a love story set amidst a couple separated by prison bars. The movie’s star, David Oyelowo, recently made headlines for his lead in George Lucas’ new flick, Red Tails. The actors and director talked about depiction of the black experience today in cinema, and the actual benefits of capitalizing on those who think in boxes.

John Paul White, on the far left, and Joy Williams, standing center, make up the country duo, The Civil Wars. The pair stand with Finding North director and producers at the Sundance 2012 premier.

The Civil Wars came out to support the documentary, Finding North, a movie for which they composed the score along with T-Bone Burnett. As excited and gracious as could be, they later performed at the filmmaker’s afterparty at Bing Bar.

And last, but not least, I stumbled upon this crazy happy spot called Miami Oasis, where there were free mixed berry mojitos (which they taught us how to make), free haircuts, and a spread of gluten free food!

More excitement to come!

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.