Brutal ‘N Scary is Going to Sundance! (From My Living Room)

One of the few positive developments to come from the ongoing deadly Coronavirus pandemic (which, I can’t stress enough, is bad and the government’s fault), is that movies have moved online! That means, for the first time ever, it is possible for me (and many other people) to watch brand-new movies right when they air!

I know, I know – there is a subgroup of people who love movie theatres, who are bemoaning the straight-to-streaming development as the death knell of Cinema.

I do not care.

Give the people what we want! Let me watch movies at home in my underwear!

To be clear, I do actually like going to the movies occasionally, and I like going to live theatre frequently. When the pandemic is over in 2024 I look forward to resuming these hobbies. But while I might have paid $17 in the beforetimes to sit in a theatre and watch a blockbuster next to sneezing farting strangers, I never would have been able to attend a film festival like Sundance.

First of all, I would normally need to travel to Salt Lake City, Utah. Now that I live in LA that’s somewhat nearby (like, a medium-length road trip), but any time before now it would’ve been an expensive flight. On top of that, there are hotels, meals, and the actual festival pass which (if you want to watch everything) costs $350. There are lower-budget options, but it seems to me if I already shelled out the cash to travel to Utah for a week, I probably would want to make the most of it and watch movies until my face melts and my ass falls permanently asleep.

Me after watching approximately 144 hours of movies in a row at a hypothetical in-person film festival. (Don’t worry, guys, this is an artistic rendering.)

NOT SO THIS YEAR!

In response to the Pandemic, this year’s Sundance Film Festival (January 28-February 3) will stream online. Tickets are available to anybody with a laptop and an internet connection and if you want to sample just a few movies, it’s $15 a pop! Or you can feel like a high-roller by buying a $75 day pass, which gets you unlimited movies for the day and also allows you to attend whatever additional fancy events are going on that day. There will also be some free online panel discussions, and some of the Sundance films are even going to be streamed at drive-in movie theatres around the country! So cool!

It’s the most accessible Sundance has ever been (at least to yours truly) and I couldn’t be more excited. There’s a decent amount of #LadyHorror premiering at the festival this year, AND a new action-horror film starring my beloved Nic Cage. If you’re interested in watching any Sundance films the tickets are selling out pretty fast, so I suggest you go reserve yours now.

Here’s what I’m planning to watch:

So beautiful!

Thursday, January 28 at 9:00 PM – CENSOR, directed by Prano Bailey-Bond

Sunday, January 31 at 7:00 AM – KNOCKING, directed by Friday Kempff

Sunday, January 31 at 12:00 PM – MAYDAY, directed by Karen Cinorre

Sunday, January 31 at 6:00 PM – PRISONERS OF THE GHOSTLAND, directed by Sion Sono (Not #LadyHorror but I just can’t say no to Nic, ok?!)

Tuesday, February 2 at 7:00 AM – WE’RE ALL GOING TO THE WORLD’S FAIR, directed by Jane Shoenbrun

I’m going to be watching these live on my Instagram stories as usual, so follow me over there for that sensual experience. I’ll also be writing reviews of all the new movies in the day or so after I watch them, so stay tuned for that!

(Also! If you feel inclined to point out that I’m not seeing ALL the woman-directed films at Sundance this year! Let me just share my Venmo handle with you! It is @brandyncarie! Feel free to buy me tickets!)

Are you going to Sundance? What are you most excited to see?

Published by Brandy N. Carie

Playwright. Director. Producer. Dramaturg. I like coffee and Whisky and dogs and talking in person.

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