The Sundance Film festival is screwing itself, too, with their decision to not hold the event this year, to just “go virtual”. Their desire to protect prospective audience members from the Omicrona is admirable, but in a world where people have largely returned to once again gathering in public, including going to the movies, is the move kinda pointless? I’m afraid it is. For better and worse, I think we’ve all reached the stage now where we’re just going to have to learn to live with ol’ Rona. She ain’t going anywhere, and we can’t put life on hold forever waiting for something that won’t happen.
The zombie flick FINAL CUT, which has been getting all kinds of good buzz, was supposed to go up at Sundance. With the powers-that-be deciding not to hold the film festival this year, though—and no, a virtual alternative is not in any way comparable—the folks behind FINAL CUT have pulled it from Sundance’s virtual schedule. I don’t blame them.
Said the filmmakers: “We fully support Sundance’s decision to move the festival to a virtual format, as the safety of audiences and filmmakers is of paramount importance. However, we believe that it is best to premiere Final Cut in a theater with a live audience and have made the difficult decision to remove the film from this year’s festival. We wish Sundance and all the filmmakers involved an excellent festival and look forward to sharing Final Cut with audiences very soon”. Livestreaming, whether on a TV set or a computer monitor, simply does not measure up to the experience of seeing a movie in a theater. It never will. The zombie wranglers made the right call.