There’s no other way to put it: My first experience at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah was simply fantastic. I saw 17 movies, covered six premieres, appeared in the press line of two red carpets and had four sit-down interviews. On rare occasions I ate or slept. It was a blast.
You can look back on my six days at Sundance here and find lots of celeb videos (including extended interviews with Rainn Wilson and Elijah Wood) here. Below find random quotes gathered from the stars at the fest, either from direct interaction on red carpets or commentary heard while cast members appeared at the film’s premiere. Enjoy!
-- “So many people we know had organized religion presented to them by their parents. So many people of my generation I feel are stepping away from that and going, ‘OK, I love aspects of it. I love holidays, I love Woody Allen movies, but the religion of it doesn’t really work for me. So what is my spirituality? And what spirituality will I teach my children? What is that in 2014, as more people are becoming agnostic or atheist or openly questioning that?” – Zach Braff on themes in his writing/directing follow-up to “Garden State,” “Wish I Was Here”
-- “They called me back quicker” – Braff on the relative ease of licensing music for “Wish I Was Here” compared to “Garden State”
-- “They wrote a song pretty much on the spot” – Braff on Bon Iver writing an original song for “Wish I Was Here” after seeing the movie
“I grew up in a very Jewish household; I know it doesn’t look that way” – “Wish I Was Here” costar Josh Gad
-- “They have feelings too” – “Life After Beth” costar John C. Reilly on what people don’t appreciate about zombies
-- “I have no idea. I don’t really look at it like that. I just look at it as I get to play a bunch of different kinds of people and it’s about finding out what drives those people forward. So whether that’s a swagger or a panic, that’s always the challenge.” – “Life After Beth” co-star Dane DeHaan on if it’s more challenging to play someone panicky or with a swagger
-- “I love Chicago. I made a movie there, one of my first films called ‘Whiteboyz.’ We shot in the Cabrini Green projects when I was 18 years old. It was nice to go back. I grew up in Minneapolis, so I’m a big fan of the midwest.” – Mark Webber on making Joe Swanberg’s “Happy Christmas” in Chicago
-- “I probably in my real life have never thought a gig is a gig is a gig is a gig. For me it’s always been a really amazing opportunity to be able to be in a film. I really cherish it and am honored every time each and every time I’m asked to be in a movie or to make a film. It’s something that’s very special to me.” –Webber on when he stopped thinking a gig is a gig is a gig is a gig, as his character says in “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”
-- “It’s actualy one of Mark and [my] favorite rap songs. We bonded over that two years ago.” – Teresa Palmer after rapping Masta Ace’s “Acknowledge” (Her husband Mark Webber rapped “Juicy” by Notorious B.I.G.)
-- “There were so many good places to eat. Every night we were going somewhere that was just delicious-- like world-class, amazing, amazing food. And great beer.” “Happy Christmas” costar Melanie Lynskey on filming in Chicago
-- “The first movie in Chicago was in August and the second one was in December, so I got the worst of the weather. I got the most brutal Chicago weather.” – Anna Kendrick on shooting “Happy Christmas” and “Drinking Buddies”
-- “I think I should have a big bit of tape over my mouth all the time.” –Kendrick on her tendency to say things she wishes she hadn’t
-- “I’m obviously not going to tell you that (laughs)” – Kendrick on something she said recently she’d like to have back
-- “I don’t tend to do big exteriors where I’m showing the Sears Tower, Millennium Park, or things like that so there’s a Chicago vibe that’s present in the movies that I feel like if you live there you recognize it.” – “Happy Christmas” director Joe Swanberg on his style of Chicago filmmaking