The Sundance Film Festival opened last Thursday in Park City, Utah. Now in it's 20th year, festival founder and actor Robert Redford says it is a great way for him to combine two things he loves: watching films and skiing. And most of the thousands who attend the festival would agree.
There are those who might consider the festival more of a working holiday, like actress Kendra Mylnechuk. The former Lake Oswego resident has two films being screened at the popular festival.
Mylnechuk grew up in Lake Oswego, attended Our Lady of the Lake and graduated from St. Mary's Academy before moving on to Missoula, Mont., where she earned a bachelor of fine arts degree. She then spent three years in Los Angeles.
'Almost everything I was involved in was theater,' she said. 'So we moved to New York. And since moving to New York, most everything I've been doing is film.'
The films showing at Sundance that she is involved in are 'OK Breathe Auralee,' and '2 Days in New York.'
She is the leading actress in 'OK Breathe Auralee,' a short film written and directed by Brooke Pepion Swaney, whom she met in Montana.
'The film is about a woman whose biological clock is exploding,' said Mylnechuk. 'She is ready for children but her boyfriend/husband isn't. The film is about what she's willing to do (to achieve her goal). It's a beautiful film and I'm really proud of it.'
She plays a small part in the second feature length film, '2 Days in New York,' a partner film to the 2007 romantic comedy '2 Days in Paris.' This film is directed by Julie Delpy and written by Delpy, Alexia Landeau and Alexandre Nahon. It stars Chris Rock, Delpy and Vincent Gallo.
In this film, Marion (Delpy) has broken up with Jack ('2 Days in Paris') and now lives in New York with their child. But when her family decides to come visit her, she's unaware that the different cultural background held by her new American boyfriend (Rock), her eccentric father and sister, Rose, who decides to bring her ex-boyfriend along on the trip, would make for an explosive mix.
The Sundance Film Festival provides makers of independent films an audience to see their films and then purchase them for further development and distribution. Mylnechuk said the films in which she appears would be shown four times each during the festival and she was hopeful that a production company would pick them up.