At Sundance with the Director of The Adulterers
It’s surreal to be accepted into any Sundance program, but even more so when it’s the first year they’re recognizing web series for competition. Our series, The Adulterers created by Tonya Glanz and Chris Roberti, documents the intimate moments between two people engaged in an extramarital affair. They share secrets, watch movies, and also make sure that they’re definitely not falling in love, because that would ruin everything. It’s a funny, quiet, and deeply close portrait of two people - which makes it even more amazing that we are screening it now at the biggest film festival in the country.
Shortly after we got the news of our acceptance, Canon reached out to myself and Zack Shamberg, who was the DP on five of our episodes, and asked if we’d consider giving a talk on the series (shot on a Canon C300mkii).
Being a self-taught indie filmmaker, I felt a bit like a maker of huts being asked to speak at a construction conference. I recalled the days on set, shooting and directing, moving my tripod and light around myself, sweat on my brow, wondering where I put my coffee. They want me to talk about THAT? Of course I said yes.
It’s heartening to know that not only is Sundance now recognizing web series as a category, but that our series, quiet and as indie as it gets, is getting such a huge platform.
Who knows what comes next, but it goes to show you never can tell.
The Adulterers is currently being developed for wider release. For press or promotional inquiries email email@example.com.
Darin Quan has created work for Time Inc., Google, Chase, and Toyota. His narrative work includes four feature films, web series and shorts. As a composer and musician, he writes music for commercial and shorts in jazz, blues and electronic styles as well as performing with the band The Commotions in New York. He is a member of the Hexagon Initiative.