I’m getting ready to go to the Sundance Film Festival later this week with Darrel Pearce, fellow AIFF Programming Team member. Preparing for Sundance takes hours of advance planning: thoroughly reading through the line-up, sending out congratulatory emails to filmmakers we know and love whose films will be screening there (and we look forward to seeing), cross-referencing what has been submitted to us already, checking in with distributors, and following up on recommendations from friends and colleagues.
Once there, rarely do we attend screenings together, but we split up and try to see as many different films as possible. Of course, there are lots of opportunities to meet and trade notes, attend panels and special events, and yes, go to some great parties!
The AIFF Programming Team of Tom Obrich (Executive Director) and Jane Sage (Managing Director) Darrel Pearce, and myself, have been screening films for months now, and spending long weekends in January meeting together to discuss films for the 2010 festival. This past weekend we put our “grid” (schedule) up on the wall and started piecing together the intricate puzzle that will become our program of films, special events, panel discussions, parties and more. We’ll have lots to report in the weeks to come.