At Sundance this year, women loom large

January 26, 2015 5:00 AM

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At Sundance this year, women loom large

PARK CITY, Utah — Because independent cinema is — in theory, anyway — more open to a diversity of voices than are mainstream movies, female filmmakers, characters, and issues have always been well represented at the Sundance Film Festival. (Leave aside, for a moment, the fact that half of all humanity is the mainstream.)

This year’s festival, however, seems more focused than usual on what women are doing behind the camera and in front of it. Sundance can be as much of a boys’ club as Hollywood, but starting with the opening-night offerings — a documentary about singer Nina Simone (Liz Garbus’s “What Happened, Miss S...

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