These three words can sum up this weekend. Tired, sleep deprived, and inspired. Despite the predicted record snowstorm, Carrie and I still decided to make the drive to Park City, UT for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Everything that was predicted, was delivered, and then some. The snow came in huge wet flakes that covered the bustling town of Park City. Along with the excitement of extra 50,000 people in town for the festival, the snow made sure that our car got stuck at least 4 times. The films also lived up to the ongoing hype of Sundance. We had the opportunity to see the premieres for two films including Bones Brigade, which I have been looking forward to seeing ever since it was announced as in production. This was skateboard and filmmaker legend, Stacy Peralta’s newest film. I actually fell into the opportunity to ask Stacy a question about passion and filmmaking during a morning Q&A session. That’s a whole other entry though. The other film we saw was Declaration of War. The weather was so bad that the director couldn’t even make it in for her own premiere.
Of all of the celebrities wandering about, I found my highlight of the weekend. I had to opportunity to talk face to face with Glen Friedman. If you don’t know who Glen is, a quick Google search should do the trick. Basically, he is one of the most influential photographers of the last 30 years. His roots are in the early skateboard and music scene of Southern California. I’ve been looking at his photos in magazines since I was little and to get the opportunity to meet him was incredible. Once again, that is a complete other entry for another day. Rather than talking all day about the festival, I’ve decided to just show you some pictures.
This Tuesday I’ll be headed to Cheyenne, WY to interview Governor Matt Mead for Energy! O Energy! Check back for details on what he says about energy in Wyoming.
I have received some criticism for riding my bike on my previous journey through Wyoming this past August. People have accused me of being slanted because I was riding a bike. Apparently riding a bike is a “green” statement. My only statement about riding a bike is that it’s the most enjoyable method of transportation that I have come across in my lifetime. What other type of transportation can you see the world at a reasonable pace and jump of the occasional cliff when you’re bored?
For the next leg of my journey I will be setting off in my 1990 Oldsmobile 98 Regency. This certainly should clear my record. What is the statement that I am trying to make by driving this car? It’s my only method of transportation other than my bike and a month-long road trip in the winter, covering over 3200 miles is definitely a limiting factor when it comes to selecting transportation. As much as I would like to take my Olds on the entire trip, I’ll be borrowing a car midway to take to Seattle, riding with friends for another leg, taking the Greyhound bus for a section of the trip, riding the Amtrak train, and then finishing the trip by picking up my car where I’m leaving it halfway to get home. I am estimating about a month on the road. Here is a map of my tentative route.
If any of you are located anywhere on my way, I would love to stop in and meet you. I am always conducting public opinion interviews from people who use energy. Do you use energy? If you answered yes, this is your chance to be a part of something great! I am also looking for people who work in the energy industry to comment on their perspective. Comment or send me an email in a reasonable amount of time and I’ll do my best to give you a voice in the film.