Sun Valley Film Festival: There and Back Again, Part 3

Cast and Crew of "When Frida Became" with Stephen Gaghan at Sun Valley Film Festival

Cast and Crew of “When Frida Became” with Stephen Gaghan at Sun Valley Film Festival

Friday morning came early and bright. We had a long day ahead of us and we were already dragging ass. But it was a good drag, because we were living the life of filmmakers on a mission to learn, absorb, and participate. First on the docket was a Coffee Talk with Stephen Gaghan, Academy Award winning writer of “Traffic” (2000) and “Syriana” (2005). He blew us away with his knowledge and expertise on the Hollywood film industry. He told us of his adventures while writing both “Traffic” and “Syriana” and left us wanting to know more. All I could think was, “I want that life,” and he kept our attention for over an hour. If anyone ever gets the chance to listen to Stephen Gaghan talk about his career, we highly, highly recommend it.

Our first movie of the day was an independent film called “This Time Tomorrow,” shot in Philadelphia and New York, about a young man who calls up his ex-girlfriend the day before the last day of the world, December 21, 2012. We’ve all had those thoughts about what we might do before the end of the world, and this filmmaking team presented us with their interpretation of what a single person might do before his impending death.

From there, we watched “Starring Adam West,” about the life of our beloved Batman. This film wowed us and even made us shout for joy at the end. I won’t give any of it away, but let’s just say that I have a new found respect for Adam West and he has another fan to add to his long list of fans. What an incredible man, and I am so privileged to have been able to see this movie before it hits the larger theatres. If you ever get the chance to watch “Starring Adam West,” our entire Frida team gives it a huge TWO THUMBS UP.

Somewhere in between all of these films, the group of us sat down for food and drinks and to enjoy each other’s company. But we do that anyway… when we’re not working on other projects. ;)

The final film we watched on Friday, was “Craters of the Moon,” shot entirely at The Craters of the Moon national park in Idaho. It was an intense film about a couple who got stranded in the middle of a snow storm and couldn’t get out. What each of these people did to “survive” was what made this story an interesting ride through the human psyche.

Our asses were sore and our legs stiff from watching so many movies in a single day, but we had no complaints. We still had more films to watch. But for this group of misfits, we headed back to our little condo to party, talk, and discuss the films we were lucky to have seen.

Peace Out Film Lovers,

Stephanie Michelle Lokelani

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