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Sundance 2009: Different Perspectives On This Year's Festival

Sundance 2009: Different Perspectives On This Year's Festival

It’s hard enough to leave sunny Los Angeles for freezing Park City but this year, I’m just back from the tropical warmth of Hawaii. I don’t expect much sympathy but still, can you concede that it’s a shock to the system? Shorts and tee shirts are out of the suitcase; long johns and unflattering outerwear…

Heath Ledger (1979 – 2008)

Heath Ledger (1979 – 2008)

The Sundance Film Festival turned quiet and mournful as the news of Heath Ledger’s death started showing up on computers and blackberries across Park City. Whispers spread through crowds at theaters as smiling faces suddenly became downcast. On Main Street, all I could hear was people on cell phones saying, “oh my God, have you heard. I can’t believe it.” While Heath Ledger’s work touched the world, the independent film world, many of who have worked with him, have felt his passing even more so.