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By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

Sundance on Ice: 22 January

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After seeing the deeply disturbing, angry, vital doc The Ground Truth: After the Killing Ends (by Patricia Foulkrod), about the abandonment of Iraq War veterans by the US government, I was hypnotized by the flag waving behind Cisero’s, at a pour for filmmakers and journalists. Nearby, Mexican director Carlos Reygada (Battle of Heaven) and his crew are conspiring in Spanish and Kirby Dick and Eddie Schmidt (This Film Is Not Yet Rated) are talking about censorship.


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Behind me, inside Gateway Center, music pours from the Queer Lounge’s three events.
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Everywhere, the creation of content.
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Liz Phair, playing a selection of her filthier work at the Los Angeles Times’ The Envelope. Too many people were singing along with “HWC.”
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M. Doughty at a songwriters’ showcase at Sundance House.
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Condo by night.
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Main Street ends at the bottom of the hill.
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At the Writers Guild pour, women tower over the men. Are all male writers so short?

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