The weather has been great in Park City, UT coming from the warm, sunny city of Los Angeles. It’s that time of the year when Main Street is shut down and the festival attendees anxiously await the hottest films to showcase here at Sundance 2015.
This year is especially notable for the Pacific Islander community because In Football We Trust, a sports documentary by first-time filmmakers Tony Vainuku and Erika Cohn, premiered at the festival on Friday, January 23rd. The film explores the intense and heart wrenching relationship between Polynesian families and football. It is a unique look at the many sources of high pressure inspiration and expectation that are often the key motivators breeding players from communities built upon pride and faith. The stories of these young Polynesian athletes are those of so many of our young men who aspire to the same height.
Story-telling is nothing foreign to our Pacific people. It has preserved the legacies and dreams of our ancestors. Films and filmmaking are the new ways that we are exploring and telling our stories. Sundance converges the industry’s best storytellers with their visualized stories in tow and we, in honored audience, are salivating at watching these stories. Many of each year’s biggest stories premiere at Sundance, so if I were you, I’d pay attention to what is coming up if you want to know what’s going to be talked about in the film world over the coming year.