By Melissa Houghton
KEY PREMIERES: Velvet Buzzsaw, Little Monsters, Clemency, Judy & Punch, Before You Know It.
WHAT’S THE BUZZ? Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, Velvet Buzzsaw, Honey Boy, Hail Satan?
PERSONAL NOTES: Day Four Recap – I watched The Sound of Silence with Press and Industry before my shift. I saw Cameron Bailey (Toronto International Film Festival) in the audience and had a quick hello with him. The Sound of Silence is my favourite film so far, I will share a synopsis if I’m able to do so after the festival. If I’m able to do so means the film has distribution. No point to share if you can’t see the movie. Traffic is still crazy but less so than on Saturday. Gawkers from Salt Lake City came into town and it was impossible to get around easily. Police patrol was out in force to manage the congestion. I spoke with some pretty amazing filmmakers during my shift. I’m looking forward to seeing several films on my top 10 list. I probably won’t see Extremely Wicked… or Honey Boy while I’m here. Tickets are impossible to get. Honey Boy got a free midnight screening on Sunday night in Salt Lake City.
Until tomorrow, M.
Childhood memories of sitting with hushed audiences in dark theatres – before, during and sometimes after a shocking conclusion, shaped Melissa’s love of movies. Her passion for film spans many genres and go-to’s are Indies, Sci-fi and Costume dramas. An image of Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Ladyexplains her life-long love of hats. Melissa works in marketing by day. She feels the arts saved her life and is a devoted year-round and festival volunteer for several arts and cultural organizations. She’s been a Toronto International Film Festival volunteer since 2003. Melissa recently fulfilled a wish to join the Sundance Film Festival volunteer roster and has a desire to meet Robert Redford. Melissa will be returning to Sundance for her fifth straight year in 2019. During this Sundance working-vacation, Melissa volunteers on the Artist Relations Box Office team as Box Office Associate. Melissa’s desert island picks are Alien, The Godfather, The Witches of Eastwick, Little Miss Sunshine and My Fair Lady. Melissa’s focus will be independent films. By the way, she has not met Robert Redford, yet.