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Sundance Festival not just about filmmakers

Alisha Self, Of the Record staff

While many Main Street venues shut their doors to the public during the Sundance Film Festival, Dolly’s Bookstore takes advantage of the cultural milieu to host its own cinematically inspired community events.

This year, the locally owned bookstore has scheduled seven author signings throughout the festival to shine a light on the written word in the film industry.

According to store manager Sue Fassett, Dolly’s always devotes special attention to film-related books and authors during the span of the festival. "We like to support the festival and invite any authors who come to Sundance to participate," she says.

There are actually a large number of authors who attend the festival, whether they are involved with a film or just want to experience Sundance, Fassett says. Last year, bestselling author Nick Hornby unexpectedly stopped by the store to chat. "That was pretty exciting," she says.

Each year, Fassett sifts through the festival catalog and picks out films that are based on or inspired by books. She reaches out to publishers and agents, letting them know that the bookstore likes to feature authors who may be stopping through Park City.

The signings are open to the public and geared toward people in the industry as well as locals. "We encourage people to walk in off the streets," Fassett says. The events are informal and typically consist of readings, discussions, Q & A and autograph sessions.

This year’s scheduled author events include:

Sunday, Jan. 24

  • Filmmaker-turned-author John Reiss will present his book, "Think Outside the Box Office: The Ultimate Guide to Film Distribution and Marketing for the Digital Era," from 3 until 4:30 p.m. In the changing market for filmmakers, Reiss offers a guide to self-distribution and promotion of films and other original content.

    Monday, Jan. 25

  • Michael Muhammad Knight’s book, "The Taqwacores," was originally self-published on photocopiers and spiral-bound by hand. Now the book has been made into a film that will premiere in the Sundance Spotlight category. Knight will stop by Dolly’s from 2 until 3 p.m. to discuss the book and its on-screen adaptation.
  • Film festival veteran Chris Gore will team up with Slamdance Festival co-founder and political satirist Dan Mirvish for a signing from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Gore’s "Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide" aims to be the be-all, end-all compilation for festival-goers. Mirvish’s book, "I Am Martin Eisenstadt: One Man’s (Wildly Inappropriate) Adventures with the Last Republicans" is the first-person account of a fake political pundit. Find out how the two projects connect and grill the authors on the current state of independent film.

    Tuesday, Jan. 26

  • Louise Levison recently released the sixth edition of her book, "Filmmakers and Financing: Business Plans for Independents." The first, most crucial step in making a film is finding the funds to do it. Levinson will share her advice for aspiring filmmakers (including creating a business plan, marketing, financing and distributing) from 3 to 4 p.m.
  • Multimedia attorney Harris Tulchin will present the newest edition of "The Independent Film Producer’s Survival Guide: A Business and Legal Sourcebook," from 5 until 6 p.m. Tulchin’s book provides vital information about the business side and legal aspects of movie production.
  • From 7 until 8 p.m., Peter Hanson will be on hand to discuss the book he co-wrote with Paul Robert Herman, "Tales from the Script: 50 Hollywood Screenwriters Share their Stories." The book, which will be officially released that day, contains tales of screenwriters who surmounted incredible odds to break into the business, transformed their ideas into box-office blockbusters, helped launch the careers of major stars, and earned accolades and Academy Awards.

    Friday, Jan. 29

  • Award-winning investigative journalist, columnist and author Amy Goodman will sign copies of her New York Times bestseller, "Breaking the Sound Barrier," from 3 until 4 p.m. The book is a collection of Goodman’s weekly syndicated columns on hot button political issues including the war in Iraq, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, immigration and illegal wiretapping. Goodman will also appear on the Sundance panel "Saving Democracy, One Story at a Time."

    In addition to author events, Dolly’s Bookstore will host live performances by local musician Thomas Benoit throughout the festival.

    The store will also set up a special Sundance section including all of the books featured during the signings as well as other film-related books. "We have a really good selection of film books that I’ve been collecting all year," says Fassett.

    Dolly’s Bookstore is located at 510 Main Street behind the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. For more information, call 649-8062 or visit http://dollysbookstore.com.


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