Alas, I was unable to go to Sundance because of KCRW’s Membership Drive which began last week (SUPPORT KCRW HERE).   Luckily, The Treatment producer Jenny Radelet was able to sneak off for a few days…here’s day five of her report!

DAY FIVE

Two hours of sleep.  Feeling totally refreshed and ready to take on the day.  That is a LIE.  But I can’t miss Spike Lee’s “Red Hook Summer,” so I’m up and out in time for the 8:30AM screening.  After the film, Lee walked onstage for a Q&A.  A woman stood up and essentially asked why Lee hadn’t resolved the film differently, “because it would have made her feel better.”  His response was that making her feel better simply wasn’t a priority for him. “That’s not the movie I wanted to make,” he said.

 ”Red Hook Summer” Q&A from left: Sundance moderator, actor Clarke Peters, writer/producer James McBride, and writer/director Spike Lee.

Beasts of the Southern Wild” was without a doubt the film to see at Sundance this year.  The star of the film is an 8-year-old girl named Quvenzhane Wallis, but she goes by Nazie.  Since I had missed the press and industry screening on Saturday, I emailed the film’s publicist, Freida Orange, to see if she could snag me a ticket to the Sundance Resort screening that afternoon.  The Sundance Resort is about an hour south of Park City, but by then the film had garnered enough buzz that for me, it was worth the trip.  Freida called me back and said that if I could arrange a car service to pick us up so we could ride together, she would have tickets for me and two of my friends.  In addition to the four of us, we rode down with the film’s editor, Affonso Goncalves, writer Lucy Alibar, Nazie and her mom.  Nazie is certainly a very special little girl and her mom was so proud, protective and loving.  She was as sparkly as ever during the Q&A, but once we got back in the car she curled up on her mom’s lap and was fast asleep in minutes.  I can’t even begin to imagine what this experience must be like for her.  Fox Searchlight won the bidding war on this one, and you can bet you’ll be hearing about it for the rest of the year and perhaps even into the 2013 awards season.

 Q&A after “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” from left: moderator, editor Affanso Goncalves, writer Lucy Alibar, and star Quvenzhane Wallis.

Tonight KCRW favorites The Civil Wars are playing at Tao.  This place is like Fort Knox.  If you’re not on the Almighty List, just keep walking or risked getting chewed out by the doormen.  KCRW DJ Chris Douridas to the rescue.  He gets me and my friends in the door and we take in a lovely performance by The Civil Wars and then dance the night away with giant glowsticks while DJ Samantha Ronson plays a set that was, in Chris’ words, “truly elevating.”

The Civil Wars at Tao

Check back later today for Day 6 – my last in Park City.

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