Lessons from the 2020 Sundance Film Festival

Lesson 1: Stay for the credits.

  • If you read a book you love, read the front-matter (i.e., the pages that precede the actual content of the book), and find out who published it.
  • If you love the string arrangements on a song, read the physical or digital liner notes, and find out who arranged them.
  • If you love a painting at a museum, read the plaque beside it that names the painter and somehow turns a blue spot on a white canvas into a metaphor for how Planet Earth is nothing but an infinitesimal sphere rotating and revolving within infinity.

Lesson 2: Talk to strangers.

Lesson 3: Make your compliments specific.

Lesson 4: Don’t use people.

Act in such a way that you treat humanity, whether in your own person or in the person of another, always at the same time as an end and never simply as a means. — Immanuel Kant, ~1785

“#DontUsePpl“— Imma Kant, 2020

Lesson 5: Start doing whatever you want to do.

Lesson 6: You don’t have to be an entrepreneur.

Lesson 7: All choices can be made right.

Lesson 8: Produce and re-produce.

Lesson 9: Sensations are relative.


  1. I know, Artificial Intelligence can now be creative and “disrupt” the world, but I, for one, am not interested in listening to a song written by my oven.
  2. Johnson, Robert, and Adam Cureton. “Kant’s Moral Philosophy (The Humanity Formula).” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Stanford University, July 7, 2016.
The view from the top of the Brighton Ski Resort in Brighton, UT. Photo by Susie Lee. Bonus Lesson: Nature is incredible.




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