The Sundance Film Festival starts this week. That’s where I’ll be From January 20th to the 28th. I’ve spent the last few weeks finalizing my movie-watching schedule. It’s going to be madness.
As of right now, I have 34 films scheduled that I’m planning to see. With three years of Sundance already behind me, I know that plans always change and I’m never able to see as many films as I intend. Before the festival starts, I see a huge list of movies and I get a little overzealous. The first few days are fine, but after the third five-movie day in a row, the grind begins to wear me down. Still, I always go into the festival expecting to see every film that I’ve scheduled for myself.
Like last year, I’ll try to get to as many public screenings as possible. The public screenings are always the best since the filmmakers and actors give Q&A sessions after each film is finished. Press screenings are much different. We’re herded into a small tent, formed into lines, and filed in and out of the theater. It’s like a movie-watching assembly line. That’s why I like to get to as many public screenings as I can. That way, I can watch the films with actual movie-going audiences and see how they react.
Below is my tentative schedule at this point. Things will change, that I’m sure of, but this is the schedule I have planned as of Day 1:
(I’m still undecided with these last two films. I’ll have to make up my mind at some point since they’re at the same time.)
If you haven’t yet, follow me on Twitter at @aaronpeck. I’ll be tweeting my entire festival experience, along with posting any pictures of famous people I can snap before their security detail violently shoves me out of the way.