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Navigating Sundance: Can't see 'em all, so stick with a theme

Published January 12, 2006 12:00 am

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Let's face facts: The Sundance Film Festival is just too big to handle.

There are 120 feature films, plus a boatload of short films, music events, panel discussions and all manner of other distractions. There's just no way to see it all.

So a savvy festivalgoer learns to compartmentalize.

Some go for the foreign films, while others are more focused on American performances than NBC's Olympic coverage. Some stick to the star-studded premieres, while others are hard-core documentary fans. There are also niche audiences: African-American cinema, Asian films, gay-and-lesbian films, and so on.

But if you want to cut up the 2006 Sundance Film Festival into bite-size chunks, seek out the titles in these imaginary film festivals:

THE TENDER COMING-OF-AGE

FESTIVAL (English language):

"A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints," "Quincea era," "Art School Confidential," "Dreamland."

THE TENDER COMING-OF-AGE

FESTIVAL (foreign language):

"In Between Days," "The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros," "Eve & the Fire Horse," "Madeinusa," "The Peter Pan Formula."

Max Minghella in "Art School Confidential."

A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS . . .

FESTIVAL:

"What Remains" (photographer Sally Mann), "Wrestling With Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner," " 'Tis Autumn: The Search for Jackie Paris," "By the Ways, A Journey With William Eggleston," "Unfolding Florence: The Many Lives of Florence Broadhurst," "Neil Young: Heart of Gold."

THE 3-D (DREADED DISEASE

DOCUMENTARY) FESTIVAL:

"A Lion in the House" (children with cancer), "So Much So Fast" (ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease), "Thin" (eating disorders), "Wide Awake" (insomnia).

THE IMMIGRATION ISSUES FESTIVAL:

"Crossing Arizona," "God Grew Tired of Us," "The Short Life of Jose Antonio Gutierrez," "Cargo," "Man Push Cart," "Journey From the Fall," "La Tragedia de Macario," "Punching at the Sun."

THE ENVIRONMENTAL HOT-BUTTON FESTIVAL:

"Who Killed the Electric Car?," "An Inconvenient Truth" (Al Gore on global warming), "Right at Your Door" (bioterrorism), "Clear Cut: The Story of Philomath, Oregon" (logging).

THE POST-MIDNIGHT MOVIE FESTIVAL:

"The Science of Sleep," "Who Needs Sleep?," "Wide Awake," "The Night Listener."

THE CROSS-DRESSING FESTIVAL:

"Kinky Boots," "The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros," "Wild Tigers I Have Known."

Some of the footwear on exhibit in "Kinky Boots."

THE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES FESTIVAL:

"Thank You for Smoking," "Special," "Black Gold," "Alpha Dog."

Justin Timberlake, left, and Emile Hirsch in "Alpha Dog."

THE RELIGIOUS-SOUNDING

TITLE FESTIVAL:

"God Grew Tired of Us," "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints," "Forgiven, " "Forgiving the Franklins," "angry monk-reflections on tibet," "The Giant Buddhas," "The Aura," "Solo Dios Sabe (Only God Knows)," "Son of Man," "A Little Trip to Heaven," "Battle in Heaven," "Jewboy," "Wrestling With Angels."

THE ROCK 'N' ROLL ALL NIGHT FESTIVAL:

"Neil Young: Heart of Gold," "Glastonbury," "Beyond Beats and Rhymes: A Hip-Hop Head Weighs In on Manhood in Hip-Hop Culture," "Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out," "Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man," "American Hardcore," "Awesome: I F---in' Shot That."

THE DON'T INVITE THEM TO

THE SAME PARTY FESTIVAL:

"Friends With Money" (starring Jennifer Aniston) and "God Grew Tired of Us" (executive producer Brad Pitt); "An Inconvenient Truth" (about Al Gore) and "An Unreasonable Man" (a documentary about Ralph Nader).