Sundance Film Festival ’15 Recap: Dicks, Docs, and ‘Dope’

February 1, 2015 2:15 PM

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Whether it’s SXSW or Sundance, when it comes to festivals these days, cynics tend to focus on the negatives. They’ll say it’s gotten too big for its britches, drowning in a sea of crass commercialism epitomized by gifting suites, pop-up nightclubs, and hard-partying philistines. But beneath its champagne-soaked, fur-clad veneer, the Sundance Film Festival remains a bastion of independent cinema.

A turning point for the festival came in 2006, when the ensemble dramedy Little Miss Sunshine notched a record-setting $10 million sale to Fox Searchlight. That same year, Paris Hilton, for god knows what reason, chose to throw her 25th birthday bash during Sundance. In the wake of these twin peaks,...

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