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Sundance - The Aftermath

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Christin and Destin in front of the Egyptian Theater

Tuesday, January 27, 2009
"The aftermath"

On the flight home from Park City, I tried really hard to reflect on and process through all that had happened over the past 10 days. I attempted to weed out the real and genuine from the "buzz" and hype. I wanted to focus on all the new faces I met, all the incredible minds I was so lucky to be around, to smile about the million perfect moments spent with such wonderful friends, old and new: hearing Mike's pitch of his futuristic Will Ferrell movie; seeing the premiere of Mary and Max with Bekah; watching Ryan try to talk to the girl from Teeth ; experiencing the premiere of Short Term 12 alongside Brad, Phoenix, Katelin, Michelle, Ryan, Bekah and 600 other strangers; taking a bus into the mountains with all the other Sundance directors to hear a speech from Robert Redford; trying to take a picture of Adrian with Redford behind him; videotaping our bus hit that guy's SUV; seeing Damien Rice at night and Obama in the morning with Joy, Adam and Katie; doing the Q&A at Windrider with Michelle; hanging with Finlay and Adrian on his birthday; sitting with visual artist Maria Marshall as her beautiful images moved across the screen; hugging my sister and talking to my family after winning our award; dancing in the streets with Joseph Gordon-Levitt after the inauguration; playing Rock Band with Topanga; eating every meal in Albertson's with Brad and Jared; crying in the premiere of Push ; taking a drive with Michael up the mountain for a better perspective of Park City; reading emails from strangers who were touched by our film; trying to get through that last Q&A; getting to spend time with such talented filmmakers as Joseph, Rashaad, Conner, Rob, Annie, Coley, Teemu, Carlo, Julius, Kai, Olivia, and so many more; getting to know the pure and dedicated team who make Sundance move (Trevor, John, Kim, Marcus, Dylan, Todd, and on and on and on).

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Destin Cretton with filmmakers Rashaad Ernesto Green and Brad Kester