Never been to Park City before, always heard about it. So arriving in this remote mountain resort was quite confusing at first. How can this place host one of the world's most important film festivals? After only a few days, now that the streets and bars are crowded, I understand it better. Everybody is here, and if you're lucky you'll bump into celebrities on a slippery, snowy street.
Many great filmmakers are presenting their work here at Sundance. So you never know how your own film will be recieved. Arriving at the Prospector theatre for the very first U.S. screening of BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!*, I was a bit nervous. Yet the festival is so professional, you really feel welcome and safe. Projection and sound are perfect. Respect!
When my film was starting to roll I could finally lean back and enjoy it. And the audience did so, too. They were laughing. Some booed, upset by the big boys' behavior...
I've been to many film festivals, but I think I've never experienced a better audience, or a better reception of a film I had done. It's a strong feeling.
The standing ovations were crazy. How do you handle that? Well, yes, I decided to just enjoy. It has been such a long journey to do this film. It has been hard to finance. Love will not pay the bills, but it makes us stronger.
Meanwhile more Kickstarter pledges are coming in. After 12 days, we've already received half of what we need to raise. We lost a huge amount of time and money in the fight against Dole. So every single dollar is important to us, as is knowing that supporters will also help us to get the new film out there.
After the screening, an American journalist told a Swedish radio reporter:
"I was crying. The support the filmmakers got from Sweden – so beautiful. And we American journalists always know who pays our salaries. We could never go against the sponsors of our media."
The locals here in Park City give us loads of love and support. They cheer us. I love that. The reception here at Sundance is a good indication that this film will travel the world. And now people will also look out for my previous film BANANAS!* which they can find on Netflix, iTunes, Distrify, and many other platforms. Finally, the story I wanted to tell orginially is reaching people now: the very story of the banana workers who paid with their health for giving us a banana a day.