My First SUNDANCE

 

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My Syndicated Blog Excerpts:

      

So I’ve been asked to write this blog for the next few days as a less affected, newcomer to Sundance. But what should I title it??? My brother Kenny and I are in the hotel room now brainstorming and here’s what we came up with :

•    EXTRA CREDITS
•    ACTOR SCHMACKTOR
•    NAME DROPPINGS
•    GRANDMA’S VAGINA (Don’t ask)
•    ERNEST GOES TO SUNDANCE
•    WHERE IN THE HELL IS ROBERT REDFORD
•    DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM???
      &  HOW MANY MORMONS DOES IT TAKE TO TURN ON A PROJECTOR ?

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As a side note, I am an experienced traveler and a little on edge with those who muck it up! Like my new friend at Hertz Rentacar named “Trainee”. 

 

Settled into the hotel and knowing that dining would be a nightmare, we Googled the local restaurants for reservations throughout the festival. After several listings of upscale establishments, I laughed my ass off at the most serious delivery of THIS information…

 

“…Low on cash? The 7-Eleven near the Park City Library has hot dogs, or better yet, skip the meal and stake a spot near the food table at a party.”

 

OK just to be clear, they are telling you to break in, uninvited and steal food….

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But like everyone else, the day began just trying to see a film or two. It’s near impossible. Sundance used to be about the little guy, his film vision and the people who support it. But now (as Redford has commented numerous times), the corporate world has infiltrated and made it something else.

 

But Main Street had a few companies hosting lounge socials and giving away samples of their products. Including one lounge promoting a healthy environment. I walked into the main room to find TV actor Ed Beglely Jr. riding a stationary bicycle to power up a stove or something! I thought maybe the elevation in Utah was finally kicking in  and I was seeing things. But I digress…

 

Tonight after a cocktail hour with tons of people I had never met, we went to the theatre for the premiere. It’s hard for me to get that I was being included as one of the co-stars when they were moving be up to the tiny green room for a select few to be brought on stage prior to the film debut. It was myself, Adam Brody, Gretchen Moll, A.D. Miles, Paul Rudd, Ken Marino,Winona Ryder, Mather Zickel, Justin Theroux, and one or two other supporting cast. Winona and I reconnected and bonded incessantly along with Justin and I taking a lot about his own film premiering this week.

 

We are then joined by FAMKE JANSSEN, who my brother, in his Philly accent refers to as “FAMKEE JANSAN”.  With his repetitive mispronunciation of her name, I am confused and now believe that any one of the following versions could be correct in addressing her. They are …

 

FAM-KEE  JENSON

FAM-KAH JOHNSON

FOM-KAH JANSEN

FRANKA N’BEANS

FRAMPTON …

&   SANKA

 

Before taking us into the theatre with the public, David Wain walks in to explain about the introductions and the Q & A after, but not before he tells everyone how touched he is that we came to support him at this huge life moment. It was really nice. He’s so sweet.

 

I had been forwarned that the film had been running SO long that a ton of cuts were made. Although I think my work turned out ok and I had a few strong moments, I have decided that they need an awards category for “Best Actor in a DELETED SCENE”. I’d be IN!!!!!  It was also a nice surprise to find out I was in not 1 but 2 of the vinnets of the film.

 

During the Q & A, someone actually asked “Who performed the ventriloquist dummy?” David praised me and my work very generously.

 

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After a day of chillin with the boys (Rudd, Wain, LoTruglio) and watchin the game, we  all headed over  to the premiere  party for our film. It was the most anticipated party and security  was tight. But after walking the carpet and chatting it up with everyone from Premiere Magazine to Animal Planet, we move to a private lounge overseeing the entire party  where after all was said and done,  we just played !

 

Music by New York’s spinmaster, Mr. Blue,  walk-in friends of the cast like SNL’s Rachel Dratch & film actor Sam Rockwell. But the highlight of the evening was  a surprise appearance AND performance by orthodox  reggae/rapper , Matis Yahu, who was sold out Friday night and was now rocking the friggin house.

 

The talk is “The Ten” has several studios bidding for it now.

 

I have  never  seen a cast AND crew  care so much for  a project  to come and support ! This  was  all amazing.  Thank you!