In a few hours, I’ll be boarding a very early flight to Salt Lake City to join some of my fellow Offenders including Justin, Elaine and Anderson for the second half of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Unlike the others, this is my first time at the fest. I try to avoid anything that reeks of Hollywood glitziness (which is why I also wasn’t there for the first half of the fest when most of the Paris Hilton types are in attendance), but with a YOMYOMF cabin this year and Anderson’s promise of coke and whores, I couldn’t resist.
And speaking of Sundance and first times, I should point out that Justin’s Better Luck Tomorrow premiered at Sundance exactly ten years ago this year. That was also the first trip to the fest for most of the Offenders—like Sung and Roger–who worked on the film (though not the last, many of the same crew would be back for Finishing the Game).
Of course we know what happened after BLT’s successful premiere and for that we’re grateful to everyone at the fest—YOMYOMF probably wouldn’t exist if the film had not been accepted into Sundance. So it seems fitting that Justin’s back where it all started exactly a decade later as one of the festival jurors and that this will also be the year my Sundance cherry gets popped.
So in honor of this anniversary, check out this clip from the Q&A following one of the BLT Sundance screenings when some white dude in the audience attacked the film for being “so empty and amoral for Asian Americans.” And you’ll also get a better understanding why we refer to film critic Roger Ebert as our “Uncle Roger.”
Now, time to finish packing. Oh, and if anyone wants to drive me to LAX at 4 AM, hit me up.