Nora Jeanne Bernard

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My Sundance in Pictures

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Credential and Jacket!

Credential and Jacket!

Day One Party...I already look tired!

Day One Party...I already look tired!

James White screening at the Egyptian. With director Josh Mond and actors Christopher Abbott and Kid Cudi

James White screening at the Egyptian. With director Josh Mond and actors Christopher Abbott and Kid Cudi

Premiere of Grandma at the Eccles. Lily Tomlin is amazing!

Premiere of Grandma at the Eccles. Lily Tomlin is amazing!

The New Frontier! Epic Virtual Reality!

The New Frontier! Epic Virtual Reality!

Common at the Celebration of Music in Film: Nina Simone

Common at the Celebration of Music in Film: Nina Simone

Christina Perri at the BMI Music Showcase

Christina Perri at the BMI Music Showcase

And finally, the legendary Egyptian Theater!

And finally, the legendary Egyptian Theater!

My Last Week in New York...

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So I have been in Park City, Utah for almost a week. I've started my new job and so far it has been going well. However, I have to say that my last week in New York has been some of the best times that I've had in a while. Here is a summary in photos: 

Going to miss this place!

Going to miss this place!

The very next day...I am hustling!

The very next day...I am hustling!

The people of the night! Thank you to everyone that came out!

The people of the night! Thank you to everyone that came out!

Overwhelmed by all the love I received in the past couple weeks! I'm overjoyed!

Overwhelmed by all the love I received in the past couple weeks! I'm overjoyed!

I came out on Saturday night to support my friend, Chef Jahvel, and his catering company

I came out on Saturday night to support my friend, Chef Jahvel, and his catering company

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ in the East Village...SO GOOD!

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ in the East Village...SO GOOD!

This was amazing too! Brunch at Poco!

This was amazing too! Brunch at Poco!

My friend of almost 10 years. You're the best, Werner!

My friend of almost 10 years. You're the best, Werner!

Happy Thanksgiving

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As I embark on a new chapter in my life, I realize that I have a lot to be thankful for. I have always had a roof over my head, clothes on my back and food in my stomach. I have a family that loves and supports me. And for the past 3 years, I have been employed by an incredible company and worked with amazing people.

Although things in my life haven't gone according to plan after graduation, I have been blessed with amazing opportunities that a lot of people cannot say. I've traveled and met amazing people. I have something that I'm passionate about and am pursuing. I'm in a much better place financially then where I was a year ago.

I know that in the day to day, it's hard to remember how fortunate we all are. Someone pisses you off, you get overlooked for your hard work, you get a paycheck and you feel like it disappears all of a sudden because of the bills, you see something on the news that makes you question humanity. But everyday of life is a blessing and I will try to remind myself of that everyday and not only on Thanksgiving.

Why We Need Films Like Interstellar...

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There will always be time and a place for going to the movies. No matter how many articles you read about us becoming a culture of "On-Demand Homebodies", nothing will escape the experience of going into a theater and being engulfed by the silver-screen. It will be a part of our world as long as there are date nights, family outings and of course blockbusters. 

Yes, blockbusters. The films that everyone sees and become the talk of the water-cooler. The movies that make you want to avoid the internet if you don't see it the first weekend for fear of *spoilers*. It's a part of our culture and why we seem to get hit over the head with movie after movie during the summer and holiday seasons. Take a look at a list of some films that came out this spring and summer:

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  • Maleficent
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Godzilla
  • Transformers: Age of Extinction
  • Rio 2
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • The Giver
  • The Maze Runner

What do they all have in common? They're all adaptations, sequels, or both. It isn't hard to notice that the majority of high-budget studio films have not come from an original screenplay. In fact, there seems to be only one blockbuster "from scratch" that manages to squeak by a year.

That's why we need films like Interstellar. You'd be remiss to think that we should only get our original stories from independent cinema. Yes, you can argue that Christopher Nolan has contributed to our superhero gluttony problem. His Batman trilogy has also kicked off the dark and brooding movement that seems to be invading our films lately. But he has consistently given us an original film every few years. And in true Nolan fashion, they are big and fantastical as any movie about a guy in a cape with a hero's complex.

The plots and themes of Nolan's original work is also far much more interesting than anything you can find in The Dark Knight Trilogy. Whether it's Nolan, Zack Snyder or Tim Burton, you can only do so much with the character of Bruce Wayne in order to stay true to comic book vigilante. However the characters that Nolan has created in Interstellar, Inception and The Prestige can be whatever they're capable of being because we are seeing them for the first time and will probably never see them again. We can project whatever we want onto them and then be done with it when the film is over, never having to wonder what we'll see happen next.

So it's because of that I hope Interstellar makes a ton of money. It's why I'll always root for Gravity, Super 8, Elysium and District 9 (Why are they all Sci-Fi movies?). The majority of the films that premiere at your favorite little-known film festival are for a specific audience and will not reach everyone. Interstellar will and despite how you feel about it, wouldn't you rather have 3 of those a year to go along with your annual Stan Lee adaptations?