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Hopeful Indies Descend on Sundance

The 2007 Sundance Film Festival, the flagship event of Robert Redford's Sundance Institute, begins tonight with a screening of "Chicago 10" from documentary filmmaker Brett Morgan. The ten day festival will, as usual, showcase a plethora of films made outside the usual Hollywood circles by independent filmmakers hoping to pick up a lucrative distribution deal. ("Little Miss Sunshine" was a favorite from last year's festival and with a box office of $60 million ranks among the highest grossers to come out of the fest.)

"Chicago 10" marks a continuation of the trend of historical films with political intention, such as "Good Night and Good Luck", and "Bobby." Opening the festival with a documentary is unusual, but then again, so is the film--which blends animation and archival footage to recount the story of the 1968 anti-war protests during the Democratic National Convention. The film "speaks to what goes into the struggle for social change, which is not unlike what goes into the personal vision of independent film," says Geoffrey Gilmore, the director of the festival.

Other films screening at the fest include Craig Brewer's "Black Snake Moan" starring Samuel L. Jackson (posters for which are already appearing in multiplexes); "The Savages" with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney; and "Life Support" with Queen Latifah.

Posted by on January 18, 2007 2:43 PM
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