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Slamdance Day Nine: The Party Ends

We spent another morning sleeping in (well, 7:45) then headed to the Spotted Frog to post our blog. We were delighted to see that our cinematic adventures were mentioned by our hometown press, The Star Tribune.

We caught a shuttle into town to see the Slamdance $99 Specials (films made by Slamdance alums who’ve been given a $99 budget to make films under 5 minutes long). The offerings were campy, silly, crowd pleasers and truly low budget filmmaking at its core.

Since Park City is mostly a ghost town lately and the Slamdance staff was busy packing up the office, we amused ourselves with a trek to World Market and TJ Maxx. Not really blog-worthy material, but we were mega-bored.

We didn’t see any new celebs but we never did share with y’all that we also spotted Billy Baldwin and Jason Dohring of Veronica Mars during our trip – both in the lobby of Slamdance HQ. Did you know Billy Baldwin is actually really tall? You do now.

We planned once again to meet up with Duncan Ferguson, our favorite Virginian, for a dishy dinner. Tonight it was bowls of noodly Vietnamese soup and talk about art schools. We all got fun fortunes in our cookies, but William’s seemed the most apropos.
William's Fortune

We headed to the TM Inn for the awards ceremony and closing night party. The Main Screening room had been converted into a festive party room, and the thermostat was cranked to 117 degrees.

We soon learned William’s Fortune Cookie fate was indeed accurate. Guess which film won the 2007 Spirit of Slamdance Award?

Award Winners

The Mallorys Go Black Market did! Chosen by the 2007 filmmakers, The Spirit of Slamdance Award “is presented for exhibiting passion and talent as a filmmaker, commitment to the independent community and enthusiastically embracing all Slamdance has to offer.”

Thank you to all our fellow filmmakers for voting for us and becoming our friends. You’re Foxy! Thanks to the Slamdance staff for including us in the 2007 program, and embracing our lo-fi, little project. And thanks times ten to our families for always enduring and supporting our chaotic commitment to cinema. Most importantly, thanks to Lizzie, Tina, Allison and Ben – the best and brightest cast we’ve ever had.

The prize for The Spirit of Slamdance was 3 bottles of whisky. Since we’re totally tee-totalers at Candy Eye we offloaded our bountiful booze to a handful of our new filmmaker friends.

Prize giveaway.

Once home, we’ll be sharing joint custody of Sparky, the Slamdance dog statuette who’s making the trip home to Minneapolis via carry-on luggage tucked safely in a boot.

Kissing Sparky.

This trip has been the ultimate emotional rollercoaster. Such highs, such lows, such twists, turns and over so fast. We’ll never forget this ride and it was great to share it with you our bloggy buds.

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Later, gators – for now!

J.F.F. – Here’s the complete list of Slamdance 2007 Award Winners.

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Slamdance Day 8: From One Dance to the Next

They say the early bird gets the worm, and Candy Eye couldn’t agree more. Rising with the rooster accomplished the impossible for us – scoring 2 golden tickets to a Sundance Festival screening at last!

We boarded the 7:46 am shuttle to the Library Theater to view Snow Angels, a dramatic feature by David Gordon Green whose bittersweet love story All The Real Girls is a Factory fave.

The Golden Ticket

Angels was extremely powerful but bruising-ly bleak in a Sling Blade sort of way. Starring Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell, and Amy Sedaris, it was a violent and stressful story to sit through, but glimmered with moments of sensitivity and humor that we adore in Green’s film work. The Sundance staff was unsure if director Green would be in attendance for a post screening Q + A, but the pic below proves that he was!

Snow Angels screening at Sundance

Yes, we were about 19 miles away from David when we snapped that pic, but on a shuttle back into Park City 2 hours later –

Celebrity Sighting Nineteen:
The Stars: Snow Angels director David Gordon Green.
The Spot: The shuttle headed to Main Street.
The Style: Film student casual, with crinkly Tom Petty eyes.

David was sitting right behind us! When he hung up his cell phone, JoEllen whipped around to tell him how we had just seen his film and how much we enjoyed his work. He was kind and talkative, enjoying rather than just enduring his conversation with us mere mortals. He’s heading back to L.A. to lend his talents to a non-indie, big blockbuster-styled film starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, co-produced by The 40 Year Old Virgin and Freaks + Geeks god Judd Apatow.

We rushed up the street for our goodbye lunch with our new B.F.F. Jamie Travis, director of The Saddest Boy In The World. It was tasty to just sit with Jamie two on one, and get to know him on a quieter, more intimate level. As we hugged him goodbye, we all knew it would be only a temporary separation, and we’d reunite again somewhere, someday for more sassy fun.

Goodbye Jamie!

The goodbyes kept coming. See ya later, Amy Pelling. We’ll never forget your rainbow-bright wardrobe and knack for naughty fun. Au revoir Scott Kravitz. Your gently felt animation Loom was superb and your stint as a child model (thanks for the demonstration of your runway skills, by the way) is amazingly endearing.

We rounded out the night with Sushi with Duncan Ferguson and his producing powerhouse mother, Judy. Duncan is bursting with excited ideas and his wide-eyed enthusiasm and self-depreciating wit is Candy Eye approved. He’s a breath of fresh, funny air and we’re glad to call him our friend.

Duncan & his Mom

So, guess what, bloggy buds? You’ll never believe who we’ve been pen-pal-ing with. A few weeks back we wrote to the ironic muse of our Mallorys movie – actress Justine Bateman who starred as shopaholic Mallory Keaton on the 1980s sitcom Family Ties. We wanted to thank Justine for the inspiration and share with her our stylish little flick.

Now a clothing designer herself, Justine took time out of her crazy California life to send us a note just moments before our big Park City Premiere. Justine expressed how fun she thought the movie was and offered to autograph for us a silly photo of her as Mallory Keaton from the 80’s.

Justine Bateman

It was so surreal to see her name sitting there in our e-mail inbox, and it was really classy and cool of her to take time out of her life to give us and our movie her blessing.

The thing about Slamdance is – you never know who’s gonna strut across your path.