Besides the elbow-rubbing and power mongering, let's not forget that the Sundance Film Festival is also about the films.
With that in mind, the annual indie film fest announced today its partial list of films for the 2001 powwow.
The lineup for three categories -- dramas, documentaries and the American Spectrum -- have thus far been announced, and other areas such as premiere, international films and short films will be announced Wednesday.
Films at the festival only compete in the dramatic and documentary categories. Top films coming out of Sundance in previous years include Ed Burns' "The Brothers McMullen" and last year's "Girlfight" from director Karyn Kusama.
The Sundance Film Festival takes place Jan. 18-28 in Park City, Utah.
In the meantime, here's the complete list of Sundance films in competition and in the American Spectrum.
"30 Years to Life," directed by Vanessa Middleton "American Astronaut," directed by Cory McAbee "The Believer," directed by Henry Bean "The Business of Strangers," directed by Patrick Stettner "The Deep End," directed by Scott McGehee & David Siegel "Donnie Darko," directed by Richard Kelly "Green Dragon," directed by Timothy Linh Bui "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," directed by John Cameron Mitchell "In the Bedroom," directed by Todd Field "L.I.E.," directed by Michael Cuesta "Lift," directed by DeMane Davis & Khari Streeter "MacArthur Park," directed by Billy Wirth "Memento," directed by Christopher Nolan "Scotland, PA," directed by Billy Morrissette "The Sleepy Time Gal," directed by Christopher Munch "Some Body," directed by Henry Barrial
"Chain Camera," directed by Kirby Dick "Children Underground," directed by Edet Belzberg "Dogtown and the Z-Boys," directed by Stacy Peralta "The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic," directed by George Butler "Go Tigers!" directed by Kenneth A. Carlson "Home Movie," directed by Chris Smith "Lalee's Kin: The Legacy of Cotton," directed by Susan Froemke, Deborah Dickson with "Albert Maysles Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind," directed by Stanley Nelson "The Natural History of the Chicken," directed by Mark Lewis "Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey," directed by William Greaves "Scout's Honor," directed by Tom Shepard "Scratch," directed by Doug Pray "Southern Comfort," directed by Kate Davis "Startup.com," directed by Chris Hegedus & Jehane Noujaim "Trembling Before G-D," directed by Sandi Simcha Dubowski "An Unfinished Symphony," directed by Bestor Cram & Mike Majoro
"Acts of Worship," directed by Rosemary Rodriguez "After Image," directed by Robert Manganelli "Dancing in September," directed by Reggie Rock Bythewood "Diary of a City Priest," directed by Eugene Martin "The Doe Boy," directed by Randy Redroad "Haiku Tunnel," directed by Jacob Kornbluth & Josh Kornbluth "Invisible Revolution," directed by Beverly Peterson "Jump Tomorrow," directed by Joel Hopkins "Manic," directed by Jordan Melamed "Margarita Happy Hour," directed by Ilya Chaiken "Miss Wonton," directed by Meng Ong "Raw Deal: A Question of Consent," directed by Billy Corben "Roof to Roof," directed by Ara Corbett "Women in Film," directed by Bruce Wagner "Tape," directed by Richard Linklater "Wet Hot American Summer," directed by David Wain.
They might not win Oscars, but several singer/actors/divas are up for Grammys.
Nominations for the 42nd Grammy Awards, honoring the would-be best in music, were announced in Los Angeles today -- and the list of hopefuls reads like a who's-who in movieland, with Jennifer Lopez ("Out of Sight"), Courtney Love ("Man in the Moon") and Cher ("Tea With Mussolini") among those making the cut.
Here's a look at some of the key Grammy races involving Hollywood types:
'BELIEVE' IT OR NOT: That infectious dance song you heard all last year, Cher's "Believe," set the stage for the Oscar winner ("Moonstruck") to make her pop comeback. The Grammy people handed Cher three nominations, for Record of the Year, Best Pop Album and Best Dance Recording. Rivaling her in the Dance Recording category is Jennifer Lopez. Lopez's nomination is for "Waiting for Tonight," off her multiplatinum debut album "On the 6."
But hold on a sec, we're not done yet -- also nominated in that dance category is Gloria Estefan for the single "Don't Let This Moment End." Estefan's better known as a singer, but she made her feature-film debut in last year's "Music of the Heart" with Meryl Streep. That film's title track -- a duet featuring Estefan and the boy band 'N Sync -- also picked up two nominations.
MOVIE MANIA: The Grammys honor movie tunes, too. Vying for the title of Best Score: "A Bug's Life," "Life is Beautiful" (which won the drama score Oscar last year), "The Red Violin," "Shakespeare in Love" (which won the comedy score Oscar) and "Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace."
Nominated for Best Film Song: Madonna's "Beautiful Stranger" (from " "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me"); Gloria Estefan and 'N Sync's "Music of My Heart" ("Music of the Heart"); Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey's "When You Believe" (""The Prince of Egypt"); Randy Newman's "The Time of Your Life," ("A Bug's Life") and Phil Collins' "You'll Be in My Heart" ( "Tarzan").
As for soundtrack compilations, the Grammy contenders are: "American Beauty", "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me," "The Matrix", "The Prince of Egypt" and "Tarzan."
Sorry, "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut" didn't make, um, the cut.
DIVAS, DIVAS EVERYWHERE: Whitney Houston ("Waiting to Exhale") scored a total of four nominations, including R&B nods for her cuts "Heartbreak Hotel" and "It's Not Right But It's OK" (perhaps an apt reference to the box-office disappointment of her last flick, "The Preacher's Wife"). Courtney Love, meanwhile, received a best rock-group performance nod for the Hole song "Malibu."
And let's not forget the men: Will Smith ("Wild, Wild West") furthered his multi-media lifestyle with a nod in the Best Rap Solo Performance category.
GOD AND THE VIRGIN: Madonna (a Golden Globe winner for "Evita" and Grammy winner for her last CD, "Ray of Light") will look to add to her trophy collection with "Beautiful Stranger." The song was nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance -- a category that pits the Material Girl against Alanis Morissette (who went God in "Dogma") and pop princess Britney Spears, who isn't an actress -- yet. Read on.
FILM ME BABY ONE MORE TIME: Britney Spears, at age 18, is sitting pretty with the highest-selling teen-female album in history (10 million copies sold of "... Baby One More Time"). But it's not enough.
"I really want to do a movie," Spears says in the February issue of Teen People. "There are, like, 20 scripts waiting for me -- I get some really good scripts -- but I haven't taken them seriously because I knew I didn't have any time."
But unlike her celebrity life so far, Spears' movie roles don't have to be in the spotlight.
"To go all out and have the lead role -- I'd be scared having that much pressure on me," she says. "It would be fun to do a teen movie -- maybe a good supporting role where I could show my acting ability."