Picking what films you want to see based on the Sundance catalogue is challenging. Frankly, I
pick what films to see largely based on what people are talking about in the press room (the volunteers are a great
source of information). The catalogue is written from a fans' perspective. In fact, it's written by the Sundance
selection committee, so it's even more than a fans' perspective--it's the opinion of someone who pushed to have the
film in the festival above thousands of other films. It makes sense that they would be glowing.
At the start of Sundance you're really picking films based on the talent, the director, the title, and the photo--that's the truth. It's impossible to know which first time directors will breakout, that's the majic of Sundance and that magic occurs over five days. No one would ever have selected Napoleon Dynamite as something they "had to see" based on the catalogue, for example.
That being said, here are my seven in no particular order.
All Aboard: Rosie's Family Cruise
Wow, a documentary about Rosie at Sundance--that's got legs (at the very least to base a drinking game on). The film was one of three films that still had tickets availble to the public today. The other two were the Shorts Selection and TBD. When your film is neck and neck with "TBD" on the available ticket list you know something is up. This film has camp written all over it, but who knows... I'll try and keep an open mind.
(more after the jump)