It's been a few weeks since we've posted in the blog. We've been working and traveling quite a bit, and most recently we volunteered for the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. We came during the last weekend of the festival, so everything had slowed down somewhat. We missed not only the epic snow storm, but also some big events. Jay Z's movie, Time: The Kalief Browder Story, and Gina Prince-Blythewood's Shots Fired, premiered the the night before. We also missed the Women's March led by Ava DuVernay the first weekend of the festival. However, it was the perfect time to see movies that premiered earlier in the festival, and were harder to attend. As a festival volunteer, we receive a voucher for admittance into either a panel or film screening for every four hours that we worked. Having worked 24 hours, we secured 6 tickets and used every one. We were able to see 7 different movies between the two of us. The most highly anticipated screenings we saw were STEP, Crown Heights, Roxanne Roxanne, Gook, Winnie, Quest, and The Incredible Jessica James. We were also able to attend a panel discussion of some of televisions newest episodic writers including Issa Rae (Insecure, HBO) and Gina Prince-Blythewood (Shots Fired, Fox). It was very inspiring to see two black females in such powerful roles, as not only writers, but also as producers of their own projects. We look forward to volunteering next year for our fourth year. If anyone else is interested in volunteering, the application becomes available on the Sundance Film Festival website in late August for first-time volunteers.
Rhonda & Sharee Washington