For those of you unfamiliar with the About page here on our quaint little website, the mission statement is included in the introductory paragraph. It reads: “Consequence of Sound (CoS) is a New York and Chicago-based online music publication devoted to the ever growing and always thriving worldwide music scene.” It later goes on to say, “With a committed staff… CoS continues to successfully push its way ahead of the engaging and highly competitive new media market.” So from those two excerpts, we hope you gather two things specifically. We here at CoS are constantly striving to be a step ahead of the game, and completely devoted to music in all its varieties.
These two concepts led us to a place somewhat unexpected this year, Sundance Music Festival in Park City, Utah. Everyone knows the name Sundance. It’s the Film Festival in the U.S., where all the best and brightest filmmakers meet for a week and a half to showcase their art. But do they realize the importance? Maybe.
But in case they don’t, the festival started by Robert Redford (remember when he played Sundance in Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid?) back in 1985 has been groundbreaking since its inception. Many filmmakers trace their big break back to Sundance. Most notably Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, Robert Rodriguez, and Darren Aronofsky. Many films that have become heralded as ”cult classics” among film buffs debuted at Sundance originally. Among them, Clerks, The Blair Witch Project, Little Miss Sunshine, Reservoir Dogs, Bottle Rocket, American Psycho, Donnie Darko, SLC Punk, Memento, Super Troopers, 28 Days Later, Garden State, Saw, and Napoleon Dynamite. Like we said, the best and brightest.
What you also may not know about Sundance, is that it also has a rich music history that keeps expanding annually. Every year, more and more musicians will either try their hand at filmmaking, debut a documentary, endorse a biopic, or actually perform.
The festival wrapped up Sunday night, and what a week it was. CoS was able to send Staff Writer Winston Robbins in for an exclusive look at this year’s festival, but not everything could be covered due to a lack of manpower/the utter chaos that is Park City during Sundance. For a complete list of musically-themed films that CoS was jazzed about, read here. Otherwise, enjoy the shots and reviews of CoS‘s trip to Utah, and revel in the fact that your favorite artists are breaking ground in the film industry.