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Sundance Minus Park City: Why This Year’s Virtual Festival Is Still a Big Deal

Park City is empty this year, but the annual festival is still having a significant impact. Here's why.

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The Sundance Film Festival has kicked off, movies are premiering, and the industry is doing its work. In many ways, the 2021 edition isn’t all that different from previous years … except, of course, that nobody’s in Park City. This year’s festival is a virtual assemblage of film screenings and online conversations, alongside the requisite dealmaking and first reviews. It’s almost like business as usual. So what is it that keeps Sundance going without Park City? In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson sat down on the first day of the festival to talk it through. They also touched on the Spirit Award nominations, the NBR winners, and what to make of that very weird stock market ride for AMC.

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