My first Sundance tour is over and man was it fun. It was much better than I expected... The parties were amazing, the food was good and I got a chance to reconnect with friends in the industry who I didn't even know would be there. It felt like a reunion on so many levels.
why I went
You won't believe this... A publicist found me online and thought that I should go to Sundance to tell people about my film.... So I decided to go on Friday and I was there on Sunday.
what I did there
I basically jumped from party to party and just told people of my love for flying and aviators. That's the whole reason I'm on this journey with the film. I hate to "network" so I was just there meeting people and talking about aviation and flying. Flying is something that just resonates with everyone so many people were on board with the film . It's always good to have people respond positively to your work/passion so it was a good experience. I also ran into a fellow pilot and filmmaker who's a captain for American Airlines... a representative from Aerial Mob which does drone cinematography for the studios, and a Delta flight attendant who loves cinema... We had a blast talking about flying and cinema!
I ran into so many familiar faces at Sundance. I've been on the periphery of the film industry since I made my first short film back in 2004, and I saw people from all over that journey at Sundance. Filmmaker friends I knew while I was in Project Involve, Alumni from USC.... I even ran into a engineer I used to work with at Hughes Aircraft in the aerospace/defense industry. He was mechanical and I was electrical so we'd often had to work together on products for our troops. All in all it was sooooo good to see familiar faces meeting up over our common interest in cinema.
I'm so glad I went. I had a chance to share my love of flying and my film. People seem to be responding well to it and that makes me happy :-) I'll definitely be back. I know it's just a matter of time before the project finds the right champion. Fingers crossed. Thanks for coming on this journey with me.