We were shooting a Somali pirate film in Mombasa, Kenya. We needed real Somalis from Somalia, and of course, we needed real AK-47s for the pirate scenes. You don't go half way around the world to shoot with fake guns.
So how was Sundance? Well, I feel as though I had a successful festival. By that, I mean that I achieved my main goal: I saw a lot of films that made me want to share them with the film clubs I program.
It's an old story that's not often told or told well in Hollywood, but this year's Sundance Film Festival premiered two films that showcase addiction and all its glorious collateral damage with effective grace and a deft touch.
If you only pay attention to the press coverage and/or tweets from Sundance this year, you might think it is all about celebrity sightings, but in fact, there is some powerful paradigm shifting going on as well.
The Sundance Film Festival is not all about movies. Many brands come together in the various gifting suites around Park City, UT in the hopes of getting their products in the hands of celebrities to drum up publicity and business.
Figuring out how to snowboard isn't easy. Unless you are at the Oakley Learn to Ride event at Sundance. It's a magical place where they dress you in cool clothes and give you a professional to help you fall your way down the mountain.