My 16th Sundance and I still get anxious

Every year I head to Park City for the Sundance Film Festival. It’s my favorite festival in the world and this is my 16th year.

I always feel anxious beforehand. Maybe because it’s such a cool crowd and there are movies that take your breath away? Maybe because every year without fail something magical happens? I don’t know? There’s just no reason for it.

My first time at Sundance was as a filmmaker with our award-winning film, Bit Players and a year later we were back in Park City with, Outpatient which won Best Picture at Slamdance. Now that I’m the CEO and Co-Founder of our streaming service, IndieFlix, I’ve sponsored the Film Festival Summit with the Ford Foundation, hosted parties with IndieGoGo, had celebrity encounters funny enough for a book and participated on numerous panels too many to count. So why do I get such anxiety? And no its not excitement. I know the difference.

I’ve thought about this for a long time and now I’m making a movie about it and this trip is going to be different for me.

We’re starting production on our new film Angst, a peer-to-peer documentary with stories and experts we believe will help us break the stigma around anxiety. We start filming Monday here in Utah and It comes out in May. My very clever and talented friend, Matt Skerritt is directing. This is going to be a global conversation about anxiety because we believe everyone on the planet has had some kind of touch point with anxiety.

Well, the flight attendant has signaled for me to close my laptop and put my tray table up. It’s time to land. I need to shake off the anxiety because its going to be a great festival just like every other year! #sundance17

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The Messenger – An American soldier struggles with an ethical dilemma when he becomes involved with a widow of a fallen officer.


Winter’s Bone – An unflinching Ozark Mountain girl hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact.


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The Act – At a comedy club, the Ha Ha Hut, the M.C. introduces the next act, comedian Rosy Marconi (That 70s Show). The film jumps back and forth between her performance and later that night as she stands alone in her unlit kitchen.


Adventures of Power – In his quest to become the world’s greatest air-drummer, a small-town dreamer must overcome obstacles and ridicule to save the day. Power’s journey across America helps him discover the beat within his own heart.


I Love Sarah Jane – Jimbo is 13 and can think of only one girl – Sarah Jane. And no matter what stands in his way – bullies, violence, chaos, or zombies – nothing will stop him from finding a way into her world.


The Raftman’s Razor – Two teen boys spend a summer obsessing about a superhero who does almost nothing.