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Sundance Film Festival Opens With Happy Endings in Park CityLayer Cake Premieres in Salt lake City
Robert Redfords opening night speech gave tribute to the roots of independent filmmaking and how Sundance first started. With that, the beginning of the 24th Sundance Film Festival was open with Don Roos' new feature film, Happy Endings. This truly is a happy beginning to the festival, as this film created a deluge of interest toward the last part of 2004. On hand at the Park City event was the cast, consisting of Director Don Roos, Tom Arnold, Jesse Bradford, Bobby Cannavale, Laura Dern, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Lisa Kudrow. Roos is well known for his films Bounce and Opposite of Sex, which screened at Sundance in the past.
|Sundance information booth|
On Friday in Salt Lake City, another opening night screening took place with Mathew Vaughns Layer Cake, Vaughn's first crack as a feature director. This stylized UK film takes the audience on an exhilarating ride as an action drama filled with tension. Vaughn has been better known as the producer of the cult hit Lock Stock and Smoking Barrell and Snatch. The excitement on his debut as a director will be watched upon by fans of his past productions.
Having two opening night presentations is a demanding undertaking, but the Sundance Film Festival gives acknowledgment to the people of Salt Lake City and Utah who support the festival. The estimated commerce for the area from the festival is well over $40 million as guests come in from all over the world to participate in the 11-day festival.
The festival is looked upon as one of the premiere film festivals in the United States and with last year's festival, a record number of films were purchased by acquisitions from some of the major film studios. Besides the American Film Market that takes place in Santa Monica, Sundance is a catch of independent films that studios consider a cornucopia of choices for distribution.
|Jeff Gilmore, director of Sundance Film Festival|
Founded by Robert Redford in 1981, Sundance Institute is dedicated to the development of artists of independent vision and the exhibition of their new work. Since its inception, the Institute has grown into an internationally recognized resource for filmmakers and other artists. Sundance Institute conducts national and international labs for filmmakers, screenwriters, composers, writers, and theatre artists.
The annual Sundance Film Festival, a major program of Sundance Institute, is held each January and is considered the premier showcase for American and international independent film. The Institute supports nonfiction filmmakers through the Documentary Film Program by providing year-round support through the Sundance Documentary Fund and a series of programs that nurture their growth, encourage the exploration of innovative nonfiction storytelling, and promote the exhibition of documentary films to a broader audience. Through the Sundance Institute Theatre Program, the Institute is committed to invigorating the national theatre movement with original and creative work and to nurturing the diversity of artistic expression among theatre artists. The Institute also maintains The Sundance Collection at UCLA, a unique archive of independent film.
For more information on the Sundance Film Festival, please go to the website at www.sundance.org
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