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Out in Park City.

IT'S UP, UP, and away to the queer-friendly Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, which opens its 2005 shebang with out writer-director Don Roos's Happy Endings.

"Oh, my God, it's great," coos Roos of the honor. He previously attended Sundance to show The Opposite of Sex in 1998. "This movie could not get arrested when we were running around trying to get money for it We're really ecstatic." Happy Endings costars Steve Coogan and David Sutcliffe as a gay couple, Laura Dern and Sarah Clarke as lesbians, and Jason Ritter as a sexually confused man with Maggie Gyllenhaal as the girl who helps him "decide."

Many gay filmmakers' cameras venture into a conservative culture's territory: In Tim Kirkman's Loggerheads a gay man journeys to North Carolina to help save an endangered turtle species; Queens, N.Y.'s Flushing neighborhood, an Asian immigrant haven, is the setting for Saving Face, Alice Wu's tale of a Chinese-American lesbian and her middle-aged mom.

Queer Sundance vets returning with new work include Ira Sachs (The Delta) with Forty Shades of Blue; Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (Party Monster) with Inside Deep Throat; and Gregg Arald (The Doom Generation) with Mysterious Skin, an adaptation of Scott Heim's novel. Filmmaker-archivist Jenni Olson offers her debut feature, The Joy of Life.

Out writer Craig Lucas (Longtime Companion) presents his premiere directorial world The Dying Gaul, about an AIDS-widowed screenwriter (Peter Sarsgaard) who's offered a soul-crushing yet lucrative deal by a studio boss (Campbell Scott). Love Is the Devil director John Maybury returns with The Jacket, starring Adrien Brody as a time-traveling Gulf War vet.

Rufus Wainwright has his first acting role, as a gay journalist in Heights. And a gay 01' party wouldn't be complete without Alan Cumming, costar of the musicalized Reefer Madness. Mountain high indeed!
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Title Annotation:the Buzz
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Feb 1, 2005
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