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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Sundance Winds Up a Successful Festival

The annual Sundance Film Festival is winding down - final events will be held Sunday, Jan 25. All reports suggest the festival has been successful, perhaps even more successful that expected.

In this article, Hollywood Reporter says the festival was "sneakily good." Below are excerpts.

This go-round, the Sundance Film Festival, which wraps this weekend, looked a lot like the movies it screened: surprising, quality-filled and not as depressing as some expected.

There were new buyers who jumped into the fray and not-so-new ones who sat it out. There were much-hyped movies that sputtered and unheralded ones that took off. And there was cost-consciousness galore.

As for trends in filmmaking, a new type of youthful, romantic comedy emerged as such movies as "500 Days of Summer," "Adventureland" and "Adam" drew positive responses from audiences (with "Adam" selling to Searchlight). Among titles in the genre still in play, "Paper Heart," a Charlyne Yi-Michael Cera quasi-documentary about the nature of love, was in hot demand: Overture, Miramax and Searchlight were circling it as of Wednesday afternoon.


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