Sundance launches iPhone app, blows everybody’s mind
UPDATE: Oops! I was so excited to share this with you that I missed a few features. There are actually not one, but two pages of apps. On the second page, you get to nerd out Sundance style to your Facebook and Twitter social networks and stay up to date on stories written on Sundance with the “Articles” feature. Also, the homepage is customizable, which means you can move features around like like you can with normal Apple apps.
The crew behind the Sundance Film Festival just launched a smart iPhone app for people attending the festival. I need to tell you this, and I need to tell you in all caps: IT’S INCREDIBLE! This app has everything for the first-timers attending Sundance (like myself). They went so far as to add a “History” feature that lets you scroll through each year, with the official artwork of that year as your cover (kind of like when you scroll through your music in your iTunes). When you select a year, it gives you a little information on that year, along with the films that played, who was on the jury, and who won what. All of that went into a tiny section of the application. Is your mind blown yet? Hit the jump to see what else the app has in store for you.
When you first view the app after downloading it ($4.99 – but trust me, if you’re going to Sundance, this is well worth your money), you get a a video introduction from festival director, John Cooper. John thanks you for your support and contribution on helping Sundance grow. It’s a very brief but very thoughtful video.
Now onto the goodies. Our selected choices are “Films,” “Schedule,” “Events,” “Venues,” “Videos,” “Gallery,” “Info. Booth”, “History” (which I mentioned in the first paragraph), and “What’s On.”
I don’t want to be a robot and write exactly what each feature does, because the title of each is very self-explanatory. At the festival and want to see what’s playing on a certain day? No problem, click “What’s On.” Wanna know what time and where a certain film is playing? “Films” has you covered. “But Chase, how do I get there?” Don’t stress, by clicking on “Venues” and selecting a theatre, you’ll be given the address, along with how to get there from your location. The “Gallery” lets you upload your Sundance photos and look at others who are at the festival. Last but certainly not least, the “Video” section has artists upload their videos. This feature looks like a work-in-progress, so I’m sure next month we’ll know more about its function.
Again, this is $4.99 but it’s whale (tee hee) worth your money for the amount of effort that went into making this and the number of features you’re given. Below are screen shots of each feature. Take a look. If you’re going to Sundance, and you don’t have enough money to this yet, Christmas is only three days away!
Thanks to Alex Billington over at First Showing for finding this gem!
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