Life recap! Sundance continues

In the last few days I’ve been nearly dead with a migraine I just couldn’t beat and nausea / vertigo that stuck with me dispite several hours spent on a couch. So let’s just say I haven’t been much in the movie-going experience.

So where did I leave off? I guess Wednesday was the last time I blogged, and on that evening I believe I saw “Mad Bastards,” an Australian film about Aboriginal society in the backwoods and exploring a father-son relationship gone more than sour and on to bitter and hatred.

Previous to that I saw “Shut Up Little Man!,” a hysterical documentary about these two guys who recorded – secretly – their alcoholic neighbors, one who was gay and one who was a homophobe. Hilarity ensued, but the doc also brought up questions of who owns material, what is creative commons and who deserves payment… especially if they didn’t know they were being recorded.

Flashing forward in time again, yesterday we had our free day of snow tubing and relaxation. Despite my wacky illness (or whatever it is) I had a good time basically mega-sledding. I was exhausted by the end, but you know. It is how it is.

Today I woke at the crack of doom to see “Family Portrait in Black and White” about a Ukrainian mother who foster(s/ed) over 20 biracial children in primarily white (and racist) Ukrainian society. At first the film depicted her as a loving mother doing the right thing, but then delved into how controlling and manipulative Mama Olga could be. For instance, telling her children they could not be adopted until they were 18, and cutting off contact with those who did leave the family.

After a breakfast of delicious Samoa ice cream (more on that in a later post, I suppose) I came back to the house and, upon seeing bright shiny stars in front of my eyes, drank a liter of water (not really) and passed out (really.)

I’m harping on my sickness because I really feel like I’m being lax by not seeing 18 movies a day like some people here, but I truly don’t feel well slash am (as noted in previous blog posts) pickier than a picky thing.

I’m off to eat some dinner and then maybe to the movie. See you around!

Also, I’ve decided that I’m going to do a checklist recap of all the movies I’ve seen this week. Maybe that will prepare me more for my research paper too!

-Lauren

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About The Spirit of Sundance

A group of Elon University students experiencing the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
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