Unless you are a Blackberry-pounding movie exec looking to get in early on the next "Napoleon Dynamite" or "Little Miss Sunshine," the Sundance Film Festival may not get your blood flowing.
After all, these aren't movies that your average moviegoer (ie. you and me) will get to see anytime soon.
But the festival, which started Jan. 17 and runs through Jan. 27, consistently produces some great films. One I was interested to hear about from this year's fest was "Choke," the adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's twisted novel.
In "Choke," Palahniuk (the author of "Fight Club") introduces you to a sex-addicted con man who forces himself to choke in fancy restaurants so he'll get assistance from wealthy patrons. The film stars Sam Rockwell and Anjelica Huston.
There's also a film called "Hamlet 2," which stars Steve Coogan as a failed actor turned high school drama teacher who stages a musical sequel to "Hamlet," starring a "sexy Jesus."
Sound weird? Focus Features bought the film for $10 million the other day, just shy of the $10.5 million paid for "Little Miss Sunshine" in 2006.
The fact is that independent films, like those screening at Sundance this year, are becoming more and more mainstream (see "Juno" - $85 million so far at the box office). Maybe we should be paying attention to Sundance after all.