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25 Movies That Defined The Sundance Film Festival

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • January 21, 2014 12:05 PM
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25 Movies That Defined The Sundance Film Festival
As you might have noticed from the wall-to-wall level of coverage over the last week or so, the Sundance Film Festival has grown considerably from its humble beginnings back in 1978, when it was inaugurated as the Utah/US Film Festival and had a remit to showcase exclusively American-made independent films, and to promote filmmaking in the region. Robert Redford's involvement as a guiding patron led to its name change in 1981, from which point on it expanded gradually, until a kind of Cambrian explosion occurred with the arrival of "sex lies & videotape " 25 years ago this, a film that, with only a touch of hyperbole, could be said to have remade the festival into the modern titan it is today.

Jim Carrey Teaming With 'Napoleon Dynamite' Director Jared Hess For Heist Flick 'Loomis Fargo'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • October 16, 2012 9:18 AM
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Very few films, and even fewer debut features, have reached the same mass pop cultural awareness as Jared Hess’ “Napoleon Dynamite.” Unfortunately, none of Hess’ follow-ups have matched his first film in either box office or critical success. His next film, however, may at least see him back in multiplexes the world over as he brings in Jim Carrey as his leading man.

'Napolean Dynamite' Helmer Jared Hess To Direct 'The Pet' For Producer Scott Rudin

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 1, 2012 9:01 AM
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Jared Hess, remember him? Well back in 2004 he was one of the hottest young directors on the block after the success of “Napoleon Dynamite,” which achieved almost instantaneous cult status and spawned a generation of kids who became inseperable from their "Vote For Pedro" t-shirts. His next project looked set to be a sure fire hit – a similarly quirky comedy, “Nacho Libre” -- only instead of the unknown Jon Heder, he had comedy titan Jack Black still riding the crest of the wave of success from “School of Rock” and “King Kong.” But the film opened to poor reviews, and despite a solid enough showing at the domestic box office, it flopped internationally. Following that up with “Gentleman Broncos” did him no good at all, and eventually Hess found himself back where he started – creating “Napoleon Dynamite – The Animated Series.”

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