The 2013 Sundance Film Festival is in full swing: Indy filmmakers hobnobbing with Hollywood elite, young trendsetters mingling with established Aspen money. On Sunday, January 20, director Jeymes Samuel previewed his new short film, "They Die by Dawn." Featuring actress Rosario Dawson and actor Isaiah Washington, the film also highlights Bulleit Bourbon, also a major sponsor for the after-party.
If Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" didn't give you your fill of African-American cowboys and gunslingers, perhaps writer-director Samuel's "They Die by Dawn" will sate that need. Blending classic Wild West shoot 'em ups (think "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly") with contemporary urban sensibilities, the movie reunites several "bad, bad men (and one woman) all from the same place" is a deadly, "last man standing"-style faceoff. How will it end? The movie is scheduled to air in March, though through what venue was not released.
Throughout the evening of the premiere, guests and cast members had the opportunity to sample Bulleit Bourbon's new Bulleit 10-year, a wood-heavy, 91.2-proof aged expression of the popular bourbon. They also enjoyed "frontier-themed" cocktails. Bulleit's colorful brand ambassador (and family member) Hollis Bulleit was on hand to meet and greet the cast and invited guests, as was Ed Adams, the brand's Master of Whiskey.
"They Die by Dawn" stars Michael K. Williams, Washington, Giancarlo Esposito (most recently seen on TV's "Revolution", Dawson, and singer Erykah Badu. Music by The Bullitts. View the trailer at YouTube or click on the embedded video below. Bulleit 10-year (46% ABV) launched this month and retails for about $45. Photos courtesy Bulleit Bourbon.
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FTC Disclaimer: The author sometimes receives product samples for review, which carry no cash value and cannot be re-sold, and sometimes attends press events such as lunches or cocktail parties, designed to promote a given product. The author is not paid by any alcohol manufacturer, retailer or distributor, or provided compensation apart from revenue from an assigning publishing company for editorial publication. Opinions are the author's own. By the way, you should be 21 or older to read this page. Author received no comps or samples in conjunction with this article, and was not invited onto a private jet to fly to Sundance for the film festival. Author does find Bulleit Bourbon brand ambassador Hollis Bulleit a joy to be around, and is certain she was the life of the party.