My Sundance 2017 Preview

It might seem crazy but this year is my first time attending in mass the Sundance Film Festival! Last year I went as a guest of to review the film Snowtime and interview the creators but I didn’t really attend the festival. This will be my first time really attending every day and I’m very excited!

The reason I have been reticent to attend in the past is the lack of ratings for the films. Sundance films are more artistic in nature and so I worried I would be wasting my money on films I wouldn’t want to see content-wise. Well, this year I figured I’d give it a shot and if a film is super bad I can always leave. Nothing ventured, nothing gained right? πŸ™‚

Make sure you follow me on snapcat @smilingldsgirl and on other social media because I will update throughout the days on how my experience is going and what I think about the films I see. But I thought it would be fun to give you a preview of what I am seeing.

My Life as a Zucchini-

The first and probably most highly anticipated is the animated film My Life as a Zucchini. This is a stop motion animated Swiss film about a little boy who deals with his grief while becoming a part of a new group home.

Lady Macbeth-

I’m a little nervous about this one because it looks pretty steamy but I love Macbeth so much and I thought it looked like a good film. The tagline is “Alfred Hitchcock meets Wuthering Heights” caught my interest. I would share the trailer but it is very spoilery and so I’d rather you not see it. The movie is about a shut in in 1865 who is basically kept inside by her husband. She meets and falls in love with a servant and the story goes from there.


This is a documentary about a group of high school seniors from Baltimore who are part of a step dance team and their struggles to get into college and compete.


Billed as a docuseries, RISE is 3 episodes about the struggle of Native Americans and indigenous citizens.Β  There is a Q and A after so I hope it is good! I see both RISE and Step on my birthday so another reason to hope they are good.

riseAnimation Spotlight-

Of course I had to see this. It is 10 shorts in a variety of styles and subject matter. I think they will be pretty great!


The Good Postman-

A documentary about a Bulgarian man who helps the Syrian refugees who are coming into his town.

Band Aid-

This has an engaging cast and it looks like it could be a fun dramedy. It is described as about “a couple who can’t stop fighting embark on a last-ditch effort to save their marriage: turning their fights into songs and starting a band”. I hope it will be good! Could it be 2017’s Sing Street?

Band Aid - Still 1The Hero-

This film is about an aging western movie star played by Sam Eliot who gets a cancer diagnosis and has to face his life. It looks like it could be very sweet.

heroThe Yellow Birds-

This Iraq war story was mostly sold to me on the people behind it. It is written by David Lowery who did Pete’s Dragon, which I loved and stars Alden Ehrenreich and Tye Sheridan who I also love. Jennifer Aniston plays Sheridan’s Mom which I can’t really imagine but I’m looking forward to it.

yellow-birdsRebel in the Rye-

I don’t know much about this one but it stars Nicholas Holt and is about JD Salinger before he wrote Catcher in the Rye.

rebel-in-the-rye-movieI had a ticket for Wilson staring Woody Harrelson but after seeing the trailer it really doesn’t look like my thing, so I think I will try and exchange it.

So there you have it! Do any of my selections intrigue you? I wanted to see A Ghost Story which is directed by David Lowery but it is at the same time as Yellow Birds so I picked the latter.

I’m definitely the most excited for My Life as a Zucchini and the animation spotlight! I hope they are great!

Cheers to Indy filmmakers!

9 thoughts on “My Sundance 2017 Preview

  1. Have fun!

    So for us who don’t know much about Sundance, how many days does it last for? And how many films do they show? Do you have to pay to see each movie that you wanna see or is it like one entrance fee? Is it expensive?

    I don’t think I would have gone since there are no ratings or I would at least have to look at the trailers like you did to get an idea of what the film would be like.

    1. Well, this is my first year going so I am sure I will learn a lot. It is a bit of a risk content-wise but oh well. Worth a shot I figure.
      Some good questions.
      The festival I think lasts 1o days in Park City and Salt Lake City Utah (I will attend all in Salt Lake). You can get a package of tickets or individual tickets which for locals are $22. I am going to see a total of 11 films over a week and then my brother and I may go to Park City to hear panels or other free events during the festival. I’m looking forward to it. It is a risk but we will see. I have a feeling it will be a great experience.

  2. Sounds like a fun day out!
    The Swiss animation one: wasn’t that originally French or something because I remember seeing the trailer and it was in a different language. And I saw a trailer that called it ‘My Life as a Cucumber’ or something 😁.
    STEP sounds like Hairspray (Baltimore) meets Fame the Musical. Big Hairspray fan, Fame is okay so I might see this when it comes out.
    Animation Spotlight seems like it could be fun BUT I am not a big fan of movies/TV were the animation is crap (eg. South Park) like the image you used. I watch animation to be amazed at the stunning effects and how life can be portrayed through a magical form that takes time and effort.

    1. Hmmmm. Interesting what you say about animation. Have you ever seen Don Hertzfeldt? He uses just stick figures but gets a lot of emotion out of the stories. I think particularly for shorts I am open to more rudimentary styles. In fact it can be refreshing contrast to the slick realism of cg but I can see how it is not everyone’s cup of tea.
      My Life as a Zucchini was originally in French and had a french title to begin with. Hairspray and Fame as a movie sounds like best thing ever! πŸ˜€

      1. Tbh South Park is probably the only type of bad animation I have seen, including some shorts, so maybe I shouldn’t have given such a strong opinion. Will check out Don Hertzfeldt and get back to you 😁 – thank you!
        Hairspray and Fame sound perfect together! – will you do reviews of each movie/short you watch?

      2. Yeah his stuff is very different so will be interesting to hear your thoughts. I honestly havent decided what I will do as far as reviews. I may do like little paragraph reviews and then longer ones later since it will be 11 movies in a week. I will definitely post reviews of the animation for sure

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