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Published March 19, 2012 9:54 am

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It's always fascinating to see what happens to the movies that play at the Sundance Film Festival, once they fall out of the nest and make their way out in the world.

Here is news about three documentaries that debuted at Sundance this January:

• Hey, bargain hunters, there's a price cut on the unfinished Florida mansion featured in the documentary "The Queen of Versailles." The 90,000-square-foot mansion, which was being built by timeshare mogul David Siegel and his wife Jacqueline, was priced at $75 million — but now it's going for $65 million, reports The Wall Street Journal.

• The Israeli Defense Forces will not be watching "The Law in These Parts," Ra'anan Alexandrowicz's documentary about the the legal system for Palestinians in the West Bank. The Israeli paper Haaretz reports that IDF press officials banned the screening, even though IDF military court officials had agreed to see it.

• "Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present," Matthew Akers' powerful profile of the performance artist, has found a distributor: Chicago-based Music Box Films, which will launch an Oscar-qualifying theatrical run in June, according to The Hollywood Reporter.