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I remember the other thing I was going to post about... They announced the award winners at Sundance this weekend. Jury prizes, by the way, are for the birds. Three random people no one's ever heard of deciding which films are the best? Bah, I say.

Seriously, the trite and tedious 13 Tzameti won the World Dramatic Competition Jury Prize. What. Ever. On the other hand, the Audience Award in that category went to the highly deserving and completely fantastic No. 2. And I voted for it! So there.

Also? "Bugcrush" tied for the Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking. What is WRONG with people? Okay, fine, it was a perfectly well-executed film. But ugh. At least "Preacher With An Unknown God" got an Honorable Mention.
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So, I realized that in my first Sundance report I forgot to mention a couple of the short films that screened with the other films I reviewed. Before Special was a short called "Divorce Lemonade" (many of the short films are available on the Sundance web site, if anyone's interested) that is not nearly as cute as the title might imply. It's about a teenage girl covering up for her drunk, estranged father, and has entirely too much vomiting for my taste. The actress playing the girl was very good, though.

Before La Tragedia de Macario was an eerie and actually quite lovely Spanish short called "The Natural Route." I don't want to say much about it because part of the pleasure is in figuring out what's going on. Unfortunately, as of now, this isn't one of the ones available on the Sundance site.

So, anyway, after the disappointment of La Tragedia we headed back to the Broadway Theater. It looked like tickets for Friends With Money were going to be nearly impossible to get (and the buzz on the street was that it's only so-so anyway), so we decided to get stand-by tickets for one of the Shorts Programs.

While D and I were waiting in line (because M gets to go into the theater before us with her locals pass) we were lamenting the depressing nature of everything we'd seen so far. Lots of blood. Lots of violence. Lots of death. D said what she really wanted was a movie about puppies and kittens. I agreed. And then some kid handed D a flyer for an art exhibit at one of the nearby galleries. Oh look, I said, pointing at one of the pictures, there's a kitten. A vaguely creepy painting of a weird-looking kitten, but whatever. Then D opens the brochure and inside is another picture of the same kitten with a cast on his tiny little furry arm. I hate Sundance, said D.

Shorts Program I )

No. 2 )

Lucky Number Slevin )

More on our Sunday screenings later...
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I am back from Sundance and, man, am I tired. I had an amazing time, though. Props to Mikijean for her awesome hospitality and for shuttling us around SLC. We crammed ten feature-length films and nine (I think) short films into three days. We are so hardcore, ya'll. By the end my eyeballs were beginning to bug out of my head.

Not many celeb sightings, as we didn't even go into Park City once. We were considering driving up there yesterday to wander around, but in the end decided it was way too much trouble for the dubious pleasure of a chance at spotting Paris Hilton. There were Q&A's after many of the films we saw, but mostly not with particularly famous people.

I'll post about our awesome adventures and reviews of the films we saw later, when I'm better able to form a coherent sentence. I did manage to catch up on most of my flist this morning over coffee, though. *waves to flist*

Didn't hear about West Wing until I got back last night. I find myself unable to care much. I am vaguely curious to see what they do with the Josh/Donna stuff and how they leave it, though. Otherwise, meh.

Oh, and M and I made D watch Friday's BSG with us yesterday morning and EEEEEEEE!!!! *loves*

Also...

Warner Brothers and CBS Corp. announced plans Tuesday for the creation of a new broadcast television network, called CW, that would replace the WB and UPN networks in the fall of this year.

... The new network will broadcast such UPN shows as "America's Next Top Model," "Veronica Mars" and "Everybody Hates Chris," as well as WB programs "Beauty and the Geek," "Smallville" and "Gilmore Girls."


Verrrrrry interesting.
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Am finally starting to feel better, but my cold's still hanging on a bit. Stupid cold.

Thanks to the marvelous D--who spent an hour and a half fighting the egregiously inept Sundance web site yesterday while M and I tried to lend moral support over the phone--we've got our Sundance tickets! Whee! We got all but two of the movies we wanted, and we're going to try for stand by on those and see if we can squeeze in.

Some of the films we're seeing look very promising, and some are almost certain to be a complete train wreck, but that's part of the fun of the festival experience! If we didn't see at least one painfully horrible film I'd feel ripped off. In case anyone's interested, here's our Sundance viewing agenda:

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