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January 31, 2017

Early Hauntings

I was tracing the history of bedsheet ghosts in movies and media during an interview the other day, but I think my lifelong love of all things ghostly surely began with the Gus Was A Friendly Ghost books by Jane Thayer.

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This picture above and the one below are both shockingly representative of a scene in A Ghost Story!

I also love that the title contains the word Was, putting the series definitively in the past tense: Gus Was A Friendly Ghost. That sort of contextual titling is like catnip to me! I need to go to my parents' house and find these. Maybe the one where Gus finds a baby ghost in a crib would be good fodder for a sequel.

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Posted by David Lowery at 4:00 PM

January 26, 2017

Sundance Day 7

Now I'm heading home. Over the past seven days, the world got a whole lot worse, but up in this snowy mountain hamlet a little bit of optimism burned bright. I haven't figured out quite how to use it yet, but at least we've still got it.

A Ghost Story entered that world in the best way possible. I'm overwhelmed by the response. I think we all are. I'm still not reading reviews, still not logging into twitter, but the word of mouth has crept my way and I can't quite believe it. This photo, taken by the wonderful Shawn Bannon as we walked home from the premiere, sums up the experience.

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Thank you to everyone who went to see it, who wrote about it, who talked about it in line and on shuttles. And thanks to A24 for supporting us and also for making sure the party later that night was full of pie. Now it's time to lock this curious spirit up, to be released again at a later date...

I also saw a lot of amazing short films. That was an amazing experience in its own right. My fellow jurors, Patton Oswalt and Shirley Kurata, spent many hours in the dark together, many car rides to and from theaters marveling at the work we were seeing. Picking the winners basically came down to a lot of well-argued coin flips - these movies were all so good! You can see the winners we chose here, along with Patton's amazing intro:

I also squeezed in seven feature films: I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore (timely title!), Person To Person, The Yellow Birds, Beach Rats, Where Is Kyra, Get Out and The Novitiate. I could have sat through a dozen more, but alas, it's time to get out of this bubble and get back to Texas and make The Old Man & The Gun - a movie whose title basically represents everything that's wrong with America. Hopefully I can figure out a way to justify it.

Posted by David Lowery at 9:06 PM

January 18, 2017

Sundance Day 1

Was it really nine years ago that I made my first trip here? That is insane to me. I am currently cozy in bed in my room at Sundance, resting up before the mad rush of the next six days. In addition to representing A Ghost Story, I am also on the Short Film Jury, my duties to which kick off one hour from now with the first of six blocks of films. I always try to see short films at festivals, and I'm very excited that for once I'll be able to see all of them.

A Ghost Story premieres on Sunday. About it's release into the world, I am curious. Slightly nervous. But confident. I'm read for whatever reactions come our way.

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We'll see how it all shakes out in a few days. Until then, I'm going to go watch a bunch of shorts, as many features as I can squeeze in, and try not to think too much about the fact that our next movie starts shooting in just seven weeks in Ohio...

Posted by David Lowery at 1:52 PM