by Neil Drumming
Sitting in Salt Lake City's airport, I have roughly twenty-five minutes before the plane boards to whisk me away from the majestic snow-covered mountains of Utah on to the far less majestic snow-covered trash heaps of Brooklyn, NY. I thought I'd take that time to answer Sundance Film Festival's single most popular question, 'So, what have you seen that you like?' (Much better than that junior-paparazzo query that turns my stomach: 'Who have you seen?') The following descriptions were liberally excerpted from the Sundance website.
From a filmmaking standpoint, Old Cats was by far the most eye-opening. A tightly-coiled family drama unravels and explodes almost completely within the confines of a cramped apartment. The film is appropriately claustrophobic, but you never feel that you are watching an endeavor hampered by limited space or resources. This kind of movie is the reason someone like me comes to Sundance; this is what you can do with a great story and a clear vision.
Alright, the plane is about to board. The TV news is on in the airport as I rush to finish this. Apparently, back in the real world, something terrible and unscripted is happening in Egypt...