Sundance at it’s Best and Worst [Frankie Says...] Jan26

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Sundance at it’s Best and Worst [Frankie Says...]

Frankie Says…

This is the low of Sundance for me.

I thought I’d write about the low for two reasons: 1) I’m good at complaining, and 2) Everyone knows the highs of Sundance – great movies, talented filmmakers, super fun parties, great networking, snow.

This morning started off great, I’d gotten more sleep than I had since I arrived and the sunrise was glowing with deep grey clouds above it (yes, I had to get up at sunrise). Everything went downhill from there. I saw a boring movie, my computer decided to stop connecting to any wi-fi and I got a screening time mixed up and missed my friend’s film.

Now I’m typing in the lobby of the Marriott with a fireplace and a few people sitting around me. I feel like I’ve wasted a whole day and the feeling is bothering me to the point that I want to have a cigarette.

But get this; after taking that cigarette break, I sat back down and the leads, director and producer of I AM NOT A HIPSTER were sitting next to me. This movie was incredible and will definitely be picked up by a distributor here. I started a conversation and they are all really keen on me writing about them and their work. Score! Just like that, my day full of missed opportunities turned into one great opportunity. And that’s why the lows of Sundance can easily turn into highs… none of it sucks. This place and this time is like the mecca of networking. And everyone knows that networking is half the battle in Hollywood.

A low is only a low for as long as you want to look at it that way. I know that sounds very new-agey, glass-is-half-full kind of crap, but as long as we’re not talking about death or maiming or disease, being ready to turn a shitty situation around is a life-long pursuit for me. I’m getting better at it, but nowhere near perfection.

Thank you Sundance for giving me the opportunities.

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