Sundance Variety Blog #7!

By Glen Matthews: "Ebony Inspiration"

A few weeks ago whilst planning for this whimsical adventure, I was pleasantly suprised to learn that we would be on United States soil when Barack Obama's inauguration would take place. We woke up early enough to catch a bus down to Main Street where they had a whole bunch of monitors set up with huge speakers for everyone to experience the event.

The whole thing was truly inspiring. I think being around a mob of Americans who were so damn desperate for any resemblance of hope, made the event that much more thrilling.

I could have easily had tears running down my face if I wasn't so terrified of getting in touch with my emotions. Here's some photos from this morning...








Last night, we went to see the Canadian produced film Nollywood Babylon, which told the tale of the Nigerian film industry, which is apparently the third most prosperous film industry in the world. These people know how to kick out the jams, as they spend roughly about two weeks on a feature film (at most), and produce over 2,500 films per year. It was an awesome film that gave you a filmmaking kick in the ass. Check it out if you get the chance.

Today, I finally got to see the film I've wanted to see since I heard about it: Black Dynamite.

The film was one of the best comedies I've seen in years and easily held it's own in the action department. Apprently, the film got picked up yesterday by Sony, so you'll be seeing this bad boy at some point in 2009. Cannot wait to see the advertising for this film.

After the screening, there was a Q&A with director Scott Sanders & writer/star Michael Jai White...


After that, we rushed Black Dynamite himself and demanded a photo. In fear of our whiteness, he succummed...


So awesome.

That's all for now, I need a bath, I'm disgusting. Tonight I'm checking out Mystery Team by Derrick Comedy, and on Thursday I'm tickled pink to be checking out Broken Lizard's new film The Slammin' Salmon!

Tomorrow night, we have our second screening at 9:30pm at the Red Stone Theatre. Stay tuned for more!