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Watch the Best of This Year's Sundance Film Fest from the Comfort of Home

January 20, 2012 at 1:04 PM | by | ()

If you're bummed you're not in Park City this week for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival (like we are), there's good new.

For the first time, Sundance will be streaming several events and panels live throughout the festival at www.sundance.org/live and www.livestream.com/sundancefest.

“There’s a certain magic to being in Park City for the Festival – the combination of people, events and issues is unlike anything you’ll find elsewhere or at any other time of year,” said John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival. “We realize that independent film fans outside Utah want to engage with what’s happening here, and with that in mind, we’ve built online experiences that will allow them to add their voice to our dialogue.”

A Celebration of Music and Film featuring a performance by Ice-T with Chuck D and Grandmaster Caz (January 21, 8:00 p.m.), Hit RECord at the Movies with Joseph Gordon-Levitt (January 26, 9:45 p.m.), and TimesTalks at Cinema Café with Julie Delpy and Parker Posey (January 25, 10:00 a.m.) are among the events that will be streamed live. The new streaming service kicked off yesterday with Robert Redford, Keri Putnam, and John Cooper's Day One Press Conference. You can see a complete of available events at www.livestream.com/sundancefest.

In addition to the live-streamed events, Sundance has also made 13 films that were previously showcased at the fest but never received theatrical distribution available through digital streaming services like Hulu.com, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube, iTunes, and SundanceNow. The movies include Tom Noonan’s 1994 Sundance jury prize-winning drama, What Happened Was, Diane Bell’s 2010 Sundance drama, Obselidia, and last year's Semper Fi: Always Faithful. You can watch all of the films now at www.sundance.org/nowplaying.

[Photo: Day One Press Conference on LiveSteam]

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