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


I can’t believe it’s day 4 already. It feels like I’ve been at Sundance forever and also like it’s going to be over before I know it. This morning I saw a film in the dramatic competition called Don’t Let Me Drown, a teenage love story that takes place in Brooklyn. The director’s name is Cruz Angeles (a great name). Then I went to Salt Lake City screening of You Wont Miss Me. I didn’t watch the movie this time, instead I walked around Salt Lake. Everything was closed and desolate; there was one store with a bunch of old school board games in the window including one of my childhood favorites: Candyland.

After that, I met up with the lovely film gal Alicia Van Coovering (see pic below) and we hit some parties together.

A Seattle film party yielded a great moment with cinematographer of Humpday Ben Kasulke and director Barry Jenkins, whose film Medicine for the Melancholy will be released by IFC very soon.

Then I met the director Braden King who has made music videos for Sonic Youth — he was very interesting and cool to talk to, I’m looking forward to seeing more of his work.

At the Fortissimo Films party it got a little rowdy with some dancing. Lizze Nastro from IFC posed for a picture with a complete stranger.