Live From The Sundance Film Festival

From the Sundance Film Festival, stories of complicated relationships—and hard times.

Snow falls on the Egyptian Theatre on Main Street during the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012. (AP)

Snow falls on the Egyptian Theatre on Main Street during the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012. (AP)

Ah, to be in the mountains right now!  Snow-covered peaks.  Park City, Utah.  Gorgeous in winter.  Funky and fabulous for the Sundance Film Festival.  Sundance has turned out years of indie films that are now part of the cool canon.  sex, lies and videotape.  Reservoir Dogs.  American Splendor.  Hoop Dreams.  Super Size Me.  The Blair Witch Project.

This year, big themes are complicated relationships and hard times.  You can mock the Sundance swag and hip tones.  But it’s in the tough stuff, too.

This hour, On Point:  we go live to the Sundance Film Festival, 2012.

-Tom Ashbrook


Krista Smith, the West Coast Editor for Vanity Fair, she has spent the last week at the Sundance Film Festival.

Steve Zeitchik, arts and entertainment writer at the Los Angeles Times.

Mark Duplass, a filmmaker with three films in this year’s Sundance Festival.

From Tom’s Reading List

L.A. Times “Step inside any theater at the Sundance Film Festival this week and you’ll find directors unspooling tales of economic despair, food shortages, collapsing healthcare and a broken justice system. But if the troubles of so many American have-nots leave you in the dumps, the festival’s corporate hangers-on have just the cure: endless canapés, on-the-house snow boots and iPads, and enough Grey Goose vodka, Sugar lip exfoliations and Paul Mitchell hairstyling touch-ups to make you feel like a million bucks.”

Boston Globe “Tracy Morgan was briefly in the Park City Medical Center after collapsing Sunday outside an event here. A weekend blizzard had moviegoers staggering and limousines spinning through the worst weather in festival memory. And Spike Lee is mad as hell.”

GQ “Mark Duplass is the unofficial prom king of Sundance. He had his first film at the festival back in 2003, and has been back to Park City almost every year since—with the improvised bro-comedy, Humpday, the John C. Reilly-Jonah Hill face-off Cyrus, and now again this year with at least three films (that we know about, anyway).”

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