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Last year I experienced the Sundance Film Festival for the first time, a new Utah resident who had always wondered why anything frequently held in freezing temperatures could ever be branded “festive.” I didn’t buy advance tickets to anything, couldn’t …

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  • Jennifer Aniston, a cast member in ’Cake,’ turns back for photographers at the premiere of the film at Arclight Cinemas on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP ) Your Sundance star-spotting guide
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Festivalgoers at the Festival Base Camp during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City Saturday January 23, 2016. Sundance: Don’t have movie tickets? Plenty of festival action on Park City’s Main Street
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  • (Courtesy photo)    Filmmaker Michael Rubenstone tries to drum up support in the streets of Hollywood for a concert by the Family Stone in his Slamdance-premiering documentary ’On the Sly: In Search of the Family Stone.’ ‘On the Sly’ at Slamdance, one man’s search for a rock icon
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