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


The festival feels like it’s starting to wind down a bit, my schedule is not as busy as it was and everyone is pretty tired. So today I saw a bunch of movies starting at 11:30 a. m. with We Live In Public (pictured above). It’s about a guy who created an artificial society under 24-hour surveillance in an underground bunker in New York City.

Then I got to see Stay The Same Never Change , it stars amateur actors in Kansas City and was filmed in their real homes. It mainly follows three girls in a non-linear style as they passively struggle with what it’s like to be a teenage girl. This film really reminded me of how when you are young, you are still a child who loves My Little Ponies and yet you are so horny and lonely for a connection.

In the evening I saw a sneak peek of Steven Soderbergh’s new film The Girlfriend Experience. It is about a prostitute’s life and stars real the porn actress Sasha Grey. While I think the film’s structure and subject mater is fascinating, the whole thing feels bit flat. I’m not sure if it’s because it’s still an early cut and the film just needs tightening or if it’s due to the lack of personality from the lead actress. It feels void of any emotions whatsoever which makes it less engaging as it moves along. Later I stopped by a couple parties but forgot to take pictures, probably because I was so tired!