Anthony Kaufman has an interesting bit up about three little gems from Sundance - Madeinusa, The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros, and Old Joy - which all had good showings recently at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Kaufman reports that all three films won awards at Rotterdam, but seemed to be "under the radar" at Sundance, and wonders how many Sundancers actually saw them.
Interesting question. Given that pretty much everything was sold out before the fest even started, I'd venture to guess quite a few. I actually heard some buzz here and there about Madeinusa. All three films were on my personal list of films I wanted to catch, and I missed all of them. In fact, I don't believe any of our team of four reviewers saw those films, and collectively, we saw and reviewed over a third of the films at Sundance. There are only so many films you can see in 12 days. Hopefully, a lot of the under the radar gems at Sundance will be showing up at a film festival near you - and me - and we'll have another opportunity to see them.