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Sundance 2008.2: Rudie Can’t Fail

Sundance 2008.2: Rudie Can't Fail

The first night of any crazy-busy festival, is usually the best/only time to catch up with old friends and familiar faces. That’s why it was great to attend a chilli dinner party hosted by the guys from indieWIRE, at their condo. What started as a small and intimate evening, soon grew and grew. Before we knew it, more and more familiar faces started to make their into the small condo. It was crowded, but a fun time and a good way to begin this onslaught of snow and cinema.

Friday morning has begun with screenings of some exceptional documentaries, including Stephen Walker’s wonderfully charming Young@Heart and Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and Elvis Mitchell’s touching and insightful portrait, The Black List (which just announced a deal with HBO). On to some more screenings and meetings. A couple pics, from the beginning of Sundance:

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(The view from the bottom of Park City’s Main Street, on Thursday evening. It looks like any normal city street, and quite calm, too. But that’s about to drastically change within 24 hours.)

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(indieWIRE editor Eugene Hernandez, left, greets filmmaker/blogger Michael Tully as he enters the iW condo for some chilli and cheer.)

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(indieWIRE’s Jimmy Israel catches up with Boys of Baraka and Jesus Camp co-directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady. Heidi’s also on the Documentary Jury at this year’s fest.)

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(Relaxing, while they can, here’s filmmakers Joe Swanberg and Ronnie Bronstein, chatting while the Sarasota Film Festival’s Holly Herrick looks on. Joe and Ronnie are covering Sundance for Spout.)

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