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Sundance Film Festival: Rich meet poor on opening night

“Queen of Versailles” sets tone for festival full of economy-themed films.



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A Sundance lawsuit

A timeshare developer whose empire includes a Park City property has filed a lawsuit against the Sundance Institute and the makers of the “The Queen of Versailles,” which screened Thursday, Jan. 19 to open the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

Florida developer David A. Siegel and his company, Westgate Resorts Ltd., filed the lawsuit earlier this month in U.S. District Court in Orlando, Fla. It claims Sundance and documentary director Lauren Greenfield and her husband, executive producer Frank Evers, defamed him in a description of the film.

The lawsuit seeks $75,000 in damages from Sundance, plus another $75,000 from the filmmakers, plus unspecified punitive damages.

The movie profiles Siegel and his wife, Jacqueline, as they built a 90,000-square-foot mansion just as Westgate was riding the storms of the global financial crisis.

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