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By Ray Pride

Sundance on Ice: 23 January

Layers and layers of information: thin what?

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Sunset obscured by mountainside.
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It’s sunny 6,000 feet up.
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While the peripatetic photographer sits beside the brass bear, the Tromadance Marching Band noises up, with one wrecked accordion in the sound mix.
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At a booksigning at Dolly’s Bookstore, a blurry timelapse of Roger Ebert as he discourses on why P. G. Wodehouse is popular in India. The woman’s throw is a lovely drape. Partly in response to the fifth photo at this link.
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Behind Dolly’s Bookstore as Mr. Ebert signs.
At the ITVS anniversary event; filmmakers vs. grantors..
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The waitstaff at IFC’s Coyote pour for Kirby Dick’s This Film is Not Yet Rated were the nicest bunch. [More pictures here.]

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