Sundance Filmmaker Blog: Ry Russo-Young, You Wont Miss Me


This morning I got on a big bus and drove through the mountains to the Directors’ Brunch. (This definitely felt like some weird form of summer camp, including the crush I had on the director I ended up sitting next to). The drive was beautiful and it was fun to hang out with other filmmakers. One of the directors I hit it off with was Laurel Nakadate, whose movie Stay The Same Never Change is playing in my same section New Frontiers. The films stars amateur actors in Kansas City who are filmed in their real homes. Peter Callahan (seen after the jump) is a really interesting filmmaker from New York; his movie Against the Current is about a guy who swims up the Hudson River and stars my favorite Mary Tyler Moore among others.

I also met Brent Stewart (pictured below with Laurel), whose short film The Dirty Ones is about two Mennonite sisters who travel with the body of their dead grandmother (sounds awesome). It features Harmony Korine’s wife Rachel. I also randomly met the actor/filmmaker Brady Corbet who seemed really smart, he has a short in the festival called Protect You + Me. He’s been to Sundance for a few years now, having acted in films like Funny Games and Mysterious Skin.

Later in the day I saw a really bad film, went to a SnagFilms party, and then had the second screening of You Wont Miss Me. After that, I saw Tommy Wirkola’s Dead Snow; it was kind of perfect to see a Norwegian blood bath at midnight with a bunch of hardcore horror fans. See the picture of Sandy Patch below with a few Nazi zombies from the film.

In the meantime, I tried to keep shooting the Sundance street people and their amazing style. As you can see, some of these people are quite literally on fire.