Got pulled over by the cops my first night in SLC. My headlights were off when I pulled put of MickeyD's. It was all good though. Just explained it and I got let off the hook.
I checked into a Motel 6 then went to check out the Utah Filmmakers Meet'n'Greet. Met some local filmmakers/producers. I also met one of the actors for Troll 2. Didn't speak too much but it was cool to meet him nonetheless--he's famous for "They're eating her! Then they're going to eat me!".
This morning I packed up an came to Park City. As I was leaving the motel parking lot there was a car with Quebec license plates-cool.
I arrived and found somewhere to park. Had to pay to park all day but whatever: I made it.
I chatted up with one of the volunteers, Frank from Texas, 'n he told me he chatted up Seth Rogan just a while ago. Sorry, I didn't see him. :p
I made it to Main Street, finally! I looked up and and breathed in the warm Mountain Air. Ahhh. I made it.
I checked out all the local shops and most of the sponsors tents. I grabbed a lot free swag...well, some free swag. They were giving away water bottles 'n makeup.
I grabbed a couple coffee mugs after filing out some free contest forms.
I went to the box office and asked if there were any tickets available for any show today. I got a ticket for "We're not Broke."
On the way to the movie there were these 2 gals sitting behind me having an interesting conversation. One was having an affair with a married man and she was feeling guilty about it. It sounded like movie plot!
Anyway, the documentary is about Corporation tax evasion. I enjoyed it. I got video of the directors Q&A.
I also met a cool musician busking along Main Street: Natalie Gelman, from LA. She performed a song on video for me. Look her up!
I also met a future filmmaker from Argentina. He told me he was just starting to get into filmmaking. I gave him my website to check out.
I know I passed a few stars along Main but everyone was walking so fast. Maybe I'll see a few tomorrow.
I also checked out Slamdance. I ended up in the filmmakers lounge and grabbed some coffee. I also grabbed chips, water and a lot of those Monster Drinks, which they were giving away for free.
At the end of the night I took one more walk up Main. The parties were just starting to get started but I got too tired to check any out.
I went back to my car and drive down to Heber City and got a cheap room.
I'm going to check out one more film before I head home.
When I got up yesterday morning, I had a gut feeling to take different route on the way the way to Sundance. But at the last minute, in Fargo, I opted to stay on my original route, rather than head towards Billings. The result: 2heavy snow storms, poor visibility, VERY icy roads. It seemed ever direction I tried to go there just seemed to be more snow. I ended up skipping all the land marks I had wanted to visit and ended up staying in a different place that my original plan. I'm not even at my destination as a result of my cautious driving and various stopping throughout both storms I got hit by. I swear, the bad weather was following me.
The other thing that I'm finding exhausting are the long drives. I once drove 9 hours on 2 hours sleep, years ago. But I was with a group of people and there were more drivers.
Right now, I'm laying in my back seat behind a 24 hour gas station, tired. I've been on the road since 6am through a huge storm. It's now 9pm and yeah, it's getting taxing.
Other than wanting to attend the festival, one reason I came on this trip alone was to challenge myself. Those who are close to me knew way before I mentioned it on here that I was going on this trip alone--They said I was crazy and began to worry, understandably.
But I had to do this.
We all face challenges in our life, and a true test of character is how your react to these challenges. I think everyone has it in them to get through the tough times. Personally, not to share too much, I've been through a lot in the past few years. But here I am, in the back seat of my car, exhausted, alone, and hungry(I just got some food), heading to a festival. I'm going up make it there, albeit, later than expected.
Your cup is always half full, despite what anyone tells you.
Thanks for reading.
Happy New Year! I hope everyone had an excellent and safe celebration, wherever you were!
I have some big plans and goals for my 2012!
“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.”
Hello friends! I hope you have an excellent day with friends or family.
Be on the lookout for the Grinch! I hear he has a small heart and tries to ruin Xmas for everyone.
Either way, enjoy yourself today!
PS: Enjoy this song I always get stuck watching around this time: Jingle Cats! Grrrrr!
I had the opportunity to attend the "Jay and Silent Bob Get Old" show here in the 'Peg.
It was very entertaining as the guys seemed very down to earth and approachable. Jay stuck around afterwards and spoke with the fans at the merch table.
One of the highlights of the show was Kevin presenting Jay with his Gemini Award, which Jay won from the TV show Todd and The Book Of Pure Evil. Kevin explained how Winnipeg was the city of second chances as we just got our NHL team back this past summer. Kevin then pulled out small cardboard box and presented Jay with the Gemini, explaining how Jay is the "king of second chances" and it presenting Jay with the award in this city seemed appropriate. The crowd went wild when that happened.
Another highlight was Kevin joking about shooting a movie in Winnipeg and having it star Jay Mewes. The name of the movie would be: Peg Boy.
I was able to record the first 30 minutes and the last 15 minutes of the show on my iphone.
Check out part 1 of 3 at the bottom!
I also posted a small clip of Jay receiving his Gemini Award from Kevin. Check that out too!
Please excuse the blurriness at the beginning of part 1 as I was watching the show and not my phone. :p
Congratulations to the Noble Thiefs for their sellout show at the Pyramid Saturday Night!
Yours truly shot video for the show, which I will post later this week.
For now check out this panoramic shot I took from the stage!
Well, the Bombers didn't win but that's alright because the next FIlmmaker-Actor Potluck is:
318 Ross, Winnipeg Manitoba.
Check it out here: Filmmaker - Actor Potluck
Thank for reading!
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers will be battling the BC Lions today in the 99th Grey Cup 2011!
Although I'm more of an NHL'er than CFL'er, I always cheer for our home team! Go Bombers!
Check out this video our friends over at Venus Spa made for the Bombers.
The Koj-B Films produced short "Jinx" makes it's world premiere tonight at the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival!
Everyone is invited! :o
Congrat's to Chaz, Anastasia and everyone!
WAFF ----> http://waff.ca/jinx
Koj-B Films was given the opportunity to edit the recent TEDx Winnipeg held back in September.
This event had some amazing speakers!
Check out the first speaker, Jim Blascovich, a Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of California at Santa Barbara. His presentation is titled "Digital Freedom: Virtual Reality, Avatars, and Multiple Identities". Watch his presentation below!
Be sure to watch the other videos on the TEDx Winnipeg site!