I got some tickets!

>> Sunday, January 10, 2010


Yesterday morning I got up at 6:30 and went down to wait outside of the Egyptian Theater to get my pass to buy tickets as an Ogden local. It was 20 degrees outside, so of course I took my parka. There was already a line, as I suspected there would be, but it wasn't around the block. I got in line at about 6:50. After standing in line a few minutes, I realized I should have put on my leggings underneath my polar fleece pants. I would have been just a little bit warmer.

I chatted with two other ladies in line. Both were fairly recent transplants to Utah. Both moved from northern California, the Bay Area specifically (Marin County and Palo Alto). Sometimes I'm always shocked that people moved to Utah of their own free will. But they both said they liked it here since it was much cheaper to live and had such nice scenery. And hey, it hosts one of the most renown film festivals in the world. A big plus every January.

And both of them were surprised when I told them that Sundance films playing in Ogden during the festival was a relatively new thing. I don't know when they started, but it must be just within the past ten years. Peery's Egyptian Theater didn't reopen until 1997. Sundance didn't play very many films in SLC until the mid-90s. I remember seeing New Jersey Drive at the Tower back in 1995. It was one of the only things that wasn't playing all the way in Park City that we could get tickets too. I even remember filling out the Audience Award voting slip there. Something that I'm going to get a chance to do this year! Yipee!

A little after 7 am they started handing out the passes that said what time you could come back and purchase your tickets. I came back at noon and purchased tickets for three shows. Tickets are $15 a pop, so I chose very carefully from the selection playing up in Ogden. I got tickets to
  • Hesher on Saturday, Jan 23rd. (A mysterious, anarchical trickster descends on the lives of a family struggling to deal with a painful loss. Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Natalie Portman, Rainn Wilson, Devin Brochu, Piper Laurie, John Carroll Lynch) It sounded somewhat interesting. I picked this solely on the cast: JGL & Portman. It's competing in the US Dramatic category.
  • WAITING FOR SUPERMAN on Sunday, Jan 24th. Yes, the title is entirely in capital letters according to the film guide; it's not a typo. (Waiting for Superman examines the crisis of public education in the United States through multiple interlocking stories—from a handful of students and their families whose futures hang in the balance, to the educators and reformers trying to find real and lasting solutions within a dysfunctional system.) I'll be seeing this one with my parents. It should be interesting to hear my mom's comments as a former teacher. It's competing in the US Documentary category.
  • Mother & Child on Saturday, Jan 30th. (The lives of three women – a physical therapist, the daughter she gave up at birth three decades ago, and an African American woman seeking to adopt a child of her own – intersect in surprising ways. Cast: Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Kerry Washington, Jimmy Smits, Samuel L. Jackson.) Also chose this one based on the cast and am seeing this one with my parents. US Premiere of this film
I am also looking at trying to get tickets to a few other films playing either in Park City or SLC such as 8: The Mormon Proposition, The Runaways, A Film Unfinished, Cane Toads, Blue Valentine, Restrepo, I'm Pat _______ Tillman, and CASINO JACK and the United States of Money.

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