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Sundance Film Festival Set to Begin

Sundance Film Festival Set to Begin

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Carole Mikita reportingThe film world is about to roll focus on Park City, Utah, where theatres, hotels and restaurants will be packed with people.

The 2005 Sundance Film Festival is coming to town.

There are signs everywhere that the Sundance film festival is about to get underway. By this time on Thursday, Park City's population will begin to increase from somewhere around 73-hundred to 45-thousand.

They all come to see the latest independent films, made outside the Hollywood system and, as always, the man who started it all, Robert Redford.

This year, there will be 120: dramatic films, documentaries, shorts and an international group. These are personal stories, close to the filmmakers' hearts.

Patrick Hubley, Sundance Institute media relations: "Documentaries about workers in china making beads for Marti Gras... To a narrative film, based in Memphis, Tennessee about a rapper trying to make it, trying to make it big..."

What independent film did become a hit last year? "Napolean Dynamite", made for about 400-thousand. It raked in 44-million at the box office.

And there were others.

Geoffrey Gilmore, Sundance Film Festival director: " You've also got 'Primer' made for 5-thousand dollars, which won the competition last year at Sundance... So, you've still got the archetypical, the quality independent film that we've tried to showcase since the inceptions of this festival..."

This year's opener is a world- premiere, an off-beat look at the American family titled "Happy Endings".

A reminder as the screenings begin on Thursday here in park city, also in salt lake and at Sundance: These films are not rated. If you don't already have tickets, you need a film guide, that you can get at any of the theatres. It'll tell you all about the films, where you can get tickets and everything else that's going on.

The festival runs through the 30th.

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