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Jan 16, 2009

Slamdance Rocks!

It is hard to describe the energy of Park City the festival season! Yes, there are "stars" walking down the street, cameras flashing, people hoping to buy tickets to a show while huffing and puffing up and down Main Street to take in all the festivities, entertainment and ancillary buzz.

Everyone at Slamdance is so helpful and supportive. We are all thrilled to be here and tomorrow is our big World Premiere....

So what have we been doing since arriving Wednesday night? Pitch, network, pitch, pass out SWAG and pitch some more! It's hard work promoting a film at Slamdance when the eyes of the industry are on the next Sundance film. Still, we are having a ball on Main Street and we have an effective team that is going above and beyond to tell the industry that SMILE 'TIL IT HURTS is a film to watch. Competition is tough but that's what makes it all so interesting. There are many talented people with outstanding films that are being shown here (like Mary & Max---an amazing animated human story!). It's humbling to be screening among them!

Today was extra special for me because several members of the cast and crew arrived. Obviously I knew they were coming, but to see them all together was a bit overwhelming. They have traveled from Seattle, San Francisco, Denver, Albuquerque, Phoenix, New York and Nashville to join us as we celebrate the screening together. Not only that, they put jet-lag and the high altitude aside and joined a happy throng as we strolled down Main Street signing Up With People songs. They dressed up in matching hot pink hats, gloves and scarfs and started at Slamdance in front of the Treasure Mountain Inn, and then caroled down Main Street to the pleasure of the crowd. It was incredible to watch the crowds gather, walk, smile and sometimes sing with us. People were happy. Yes, people were very happy on Main Street today. :)

We sang and smiled to camera of our own..... I think we'll be on the French news?

Tonight I am off to parties. At the last one, I had the opportunity to meet Ben Affleck and invite him to see our movie. Our Executive Producer, Jack Lechner, worked with Ben on Good Will Hunting. Jack thought Ben should see SMILE 'TIL IT HURTS, but we are happy to know he is going home to his new daughter!! I also met Robert Redford. He opened the Sundance festival last night and introduced a documentary at the Temple Theater tonight. Killer smile, and his eyes really do sparkle. He could have been an Uppie.

Can't wait for what comes next!

1 comment:

  1. I just got back from all the parties here at Sundance, and I just met Lee and some of the other people involved at the Smile Til it Hurts party! It was great fun and I am happy to have somehow ended up there to keep the good times going during one of the best nights I have had at Sundance!

    Thank You Lee!!

    Ron Farber
    Inevitable Film Group