Monday, February 07, 2005

'Shakespeare' at Sundance

PARK CITY, Utah -- In Louisville, Derby fever means jockeying for box seats to the Oaks and the Derby. Conversations usually begin with, 'Got your Derby horse?'

At the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, festival-goers bond by standing in line and asking: 'What movies have you seen?' 'What's good?' 'Seen any stars?' And of course, 'Where's Bob?'

At Derbytime, B-list celebrities live in a rarefied atmosphere, moving in limousines and entourages.

At Sundance, the most prestigious independent film festival in the world, A-list stars can be spotted standing in line for a movie, dancing in clubs on Main Street or dining at one of Park City's restaurants, including Zoom, owned by Sundance founder Robert Redford.

Here, amid the hyperactivity of screenings, deal-making, night-clubbing and celebrity-spotting, a documentary about Kentucky prisoners who perform Shakespeare played to full houses at every screening and left audiences with a new perspective on Kentucky and the power of theater to transform human beings.

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