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19 Burning Questions for Sundance 2014


Lost amid the snow, schmoozing and star-gazing of the Sundance Film Festival is the fact that it's really about movies – films made far from Hollywood, projects that no executive would greenlight (but which several will be clamoring to buy now that someone else had the courage to make them). Sure, the chase for the next Beasts of the Southern Wild may lead to a windfall for some and Oscars for others. But for the moviegoer, it's about getting to see something different that, if not for Sundance, might never reach your local theater, DVD player or streaming screen. Here are 19 stories we'll be tracking over the next eleven days. 

Introduction by Gary Susman. Reporting by Logan Hill and Katie Van Syckle

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Scott Sinkler

Will We See the Next ‘An Inconvenient Truth’?

Sundance launched An Inconvenient Truth, Super Size Me and the career of Michael Moore. This year, at least five documentaries stand a chance of being the next conversation-changing breakout: In Fed Up, Katie Couric picks up where Morgan Spurlock left off by tracking three obese children raised on processed foods. The Case Against 8 tracks the historic fight over gay rights and California's Proposition 8. Private Violence looks at domestic violence by following one abused woman's long, legal fight for justice. The Internet's Own Boy follows the cause of pioneering online activist – some might say martyr – Aaron Swartz. But the most likely breakout hit is Ivory Tower, from Page One: Inside the New York Times director Andrew Rossi. The film attacks the explosion in college tuition and student debt – and will have a built-in audience in every college town. That is, if students can afford tickets.

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