Sundance Film Festival: A Reinvention Destination

The Sundance Film Festival is many things to many people. And for some actors and filmmakers, the Los Angeles Times notes, it’s the place they go to reinvent themselves.

Because so many show business eyes are focused on so few films, Sundance also can facilitate résumé rewrites. As the received wisdom goes, an appearance in a well-received Sundance movie can reestablish a performer as a serious actor — not mere movie star — leading to more meaningful parts.

“It can be a great place to change your image,” said John Cooper, the festival’s director. But he cautioned that if the movie isn’t well made, any career switch can be torpedoed. “It has to be about the movie first and the agenda later,” he said.

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