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Risky Business at Sundance 2003

Just as The Station Agent was this year's sleeper, the festival also had its share of flameouts. Tipped as must-sees, Best Cinematography winner Quattro Noza, hyped as an experimental DV The Fast and the Furious, fell flat with buyers, along with the much-anticipated Michael Alig biopic Party Monster. However, plan on both finding theatrical homes as a result of their marketable selling points. Other films tapped for acquisition include the Grand Jury Prize-winning documentary Capturing the Friedmans, Keith Gordon's The Singing Detective, the new Gael García Bernal three-way Dot the I, Campbell Scott's Off the Map, Mark Rucker's Die Mommie Die (winner of a Special Jury Prize for Charles Busch's performance in drag), and Thomas Vinterberg's "millennium film" It's All About Love.

And for many Park City orphans, the Sundance Channel will launch the Sundance Film Series, a four-film distribution arrangement with Loews Theaters to begin this fall, styled after the successful Shooting Gallery Film Series. But all is not lost for those films still without the much-coveted Sundance buzz. "We've been burned before by the Sundance frenzy," says Sony Pictures Classics' Michael Barker. "In fact, we've had more success with films that we've revisited after the festival outside the context of sleep deprivation. And that's what we're going to do in the coming weeks."

Takes a train to cry: Peter Dinklage in The Station Agent
photo: Chae Kihn, Next Wednesday / SenArt Films
Takes a train to cry: Peter Dinklage in The Station Agent

Sundance coverage continues next week with Dennis Lim's and Rob Nelson's overviews of the fiction and documentary films.

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