The Golden-Globe-winning, Oscar-contending Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is all about a rigid, roughly linear object. It is longtwo feet, nine inches long, to be exact. Fairly impressive by itself, it needs skillful manipulation, we are told, to really come into its own.
This year the Sundance climate changed radically Gone were the new-media wannabes, the dotcom startups and digital manifestos. Buyers seemed subdued and tentative, hyper-conscious of the difficulty of a small movie breaking out in an overcrowded marketplace and of the unlikeliness of another Blair Witch scenario.
The Slamdance Film Festival was born in 1994 when four LA- based filmmakers, angered that their films were rejected by the Sundance Film Festival, decided to stage their own festival, right across the street from Park Citys Egyptian Theater, home to Sundances most prestigious premieres.