Imagine an enormous magnet nestled in the heart of Utah's Wasatch Mountains. Every year its power increases, as does its ability to irresistibly attract everything in its path, from films to footwear companies. Congratulations, you've just imagined the Sundance Film Festival, opening for business Thursday night in plucky Park City.
Mostly, of course, it's films that get attracted to Sundance, and though many are called, few are chosen. Exactly 4,105 features, more than half of them originating overseas, applied this time, and only 123 were selected, making the festival tougher than ever to get into.