Welcome to Sundance 2012 & The Daily Beast's Marlow Stern

Hello! My name is Marlow Stern and I’m the assistant culture editor of Newsweek and The Daily Beast. I am very excited to be providing full (read: expansive) coverage of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival for its entirety, from January 19th through the 29th, for Sundance Channel.

The Sundance Film Festival is, as you all probably know, the mecca of indie film. I’ve had the privilege of attending the fest in 2005, 2006, 2008, and 2010, where I witnessed some of Hollywood’s most talented stars—Ryan Gosling (HALF NELSON), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (BRICK, MYSTERIOUS SKIN), Amy Adams (JUNEBUG)—be born.

Last year, the Sundance Film Festival birthed a bevy of fantastic films like the financial thriller MARGIN CALL, the transatlantic love story, LIKE CRAZY, a creepy film about a beautiful woman—rising star Elizabeth Olsen—who escapes from a brainwashing cult in MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE, and a poignant ape experiment gone awry in the Oscar-worthy documentary PROJECT NIM.

This year is poised to be a doozy, with two films featuring the aforementioned Olsen sister, an intense IRA drama by Project Nim director James Marsh, a film starring Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, and Lizzy Caplan that looks like the indie BRIDESMAIDS, a decades-spanning gay love story from award-winning filmmaker Ira Sachs, and several promising documentaries, including ones covering Chinese dissident Ai Wei Wei, the Egyptian revolution, Mexican drug cartels, and (gulp) rape in the military.

I’ll be running around frantically all over Park City, Utah, to bring you full coverage of the festival….Can’t wait, and a pleasure to E-meet you!

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