Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Sundance 2014 - "The Bravest, The Boldest" short film to screen in competition

So I was lucky enough to be a part of writer-director-producer Moon Molson's third short film that was accepted to the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.   The film is produced by Peliz Uzay, and the fine folks at Pactum Films.

I'm a co-executive producer on the project, which also marks my second outing with Moon at Sundance ("Crazy Beats Strong Every Time" - Sundance 2011).

This is my 18th consecutive year attending Sundance/Park City.

Below are my sights and delights.

All photos © James Boyd, and cannot be used without permission.  That means you, Google.


< The big turn out of LA.  11 hours later, you're in Park City.  I stop in Vegas for some ritualistic fare…and blackjack.

< Sunrise in Vegas on Day 1.  I 've done the same 11-hour drive for the past 18 years, and it never gets old (Vilhelm scream).

< I fixated on the sat with Pearl Jam radio, and created a six-hour singalong.  Eddie is my leader.  I'm usually hoarse when I arrive in the PC, but "Alive" is not going to sing itself.

< Easily the most interesting part of the drive is the 30 minutes inside the Virgin River Gorge in the Arizona section of the trip.  Walled on both sides, this area has fishing streams, cool views, and just fun stuff to visually play with.

< Ahhhh, Utah.

< Coming around the backside of Park City for the luscious scenery.  This is Deer Valley lake.

< Arrival in Park City.

< 1st beer of the week.  Toasting the long drive, and the great festival afoot.  As I sat and drank this tasty beverage, I ran through the 17 years of memories stored in my cranium.  Park City is like spring break for the film people, and with that, many life events are formed.  It's weird that it's only one week of the year, yet it produces so many awesome memories.

A quick recap:
Screenings = good
Hanging with friends = good
Making new friends = good
Making new business or films: good

Stressing about party invites: bad
Gifting suites: bad (it's all cursed product)
Acting the douche: bad

< A view up Main Street.

< There is something spiritual about the warm waters of the bubbler.  If you're not taking advantage of this at least twice a day, you're not doing it right.

< Full moon over Sundance.

< Tickets galore for Sundance 14.

< Getting my sunfreak on while chillin' on Main Street.  The weather is warm and sunny.

< Looking up Main Street - Sundance14

< Waiting in line for the world premiere of THE BRAVEST, THE BOLDEST (dir. Moon Molson) - Sundance 2014.  I'm a co-exec producer on the film, and couldn't be happier for all involved. #TBTB.

< Actor Ben Schwartz ("Parks & Rec") does the Q&A with the filmmakers of the short film "I'm A Mitzvah" - Sundance 2014.

< Standing in line for the world premiere of FISHING WITHOUT NETS at Sundance 2014.  Amazing flick!

< Street marketing still works on Main Street.

< Went to the Slamdance Opening Night party to pay our respects to their 20 years of artistic independence.  Here we are with Slamdance festival director Peter Baxter.  17 years ago, Peter was the producer of my first feature film THE NEW GODS.

< The fine ladies behind the bar at the Slamdance Opening Night party.

< Here's filmmaker, Will Hartman, standing by the analog marketing displays on Main Street.

< DJ Steve Aoki at Park City Live.

< Standing in line for KUMIKO THE TREASURE HUNTER world premiere at Eccles Theater - Sundance 2014.

< David and Nathan Zellner (Austin, TX) at the KUMIKO THE TREASURE HUNTER Q&A, after the world premiere.

Sundance 2014

< Director William Eubank answers the Q&A after the world premiere of THE SIGNAL in the midnight section.

< Hanging out in the Eccles parking lot before the HELLION screening.  Park City Resort in the background.

< The HELLION cast (including Aaron Paul), with director Kat Candler.  She developed her 2012 Sundance short film into a feature, and landed in U.S. Dramatic competition.

< Having a spiritual moment in the hot tub of the Wasatch mountains.  Many epiphanies here.

< JB & Kevin Potter at "The One I Love" world premiere after-party on Main Street, with Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss, Ted Danson, and Anne Hathaway.

< Becky Potter approached Anne Hathaway at "The One I Love" party for a quick pic.  Anne was gracious enough to grab the camera, and snap their own selfie.  Girl power.

< The final picture of the boys from Sundance 2014.

< Hangin' in front of the iconic Egyptian Theater.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Apple TV Hookup

I got my Apple TV Xmas gift hooked up and running.  I'm excited to have a full slate of movies and "Breaking Bad" shows to watch at my fingertips.  I also synced my iTunes, Netflix, and NBA accounts to really expand the possibilities.  While stumbling through the vast iTunes library of movies, I came upon the Criterion Collection.  It blew my mind that so much history and film culture was immediately available for that random rainy Wednesday night.  And, thanks to Apple TV, I'm looking forward to next Tuesday's indie release of SHORT TERM 12 and BLUE CAPRICE.  I even mirrored my laptop to my TV with Airplay, and checked my email on the big screen. The video quality is excellent, and I can't wait to see Apple TV evolve.  Although for the highest fidelity, I'll always choose blu-ray DVD over streaming.  But for immediate variety, Apple TV seems like a great bet.