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1989 Sundance Film Festival

The United States Film Festival opened with a restoration of F.W. Murnau's 1927 film SUNRISE and continued with over 60 feature films and 30 shorts. Notable works included MURDERS AMONG US: THE SIMON WIESENTHAL STORY, DEAD MAN OUT, TWO-LANE BLACKTOP, COMING OUT, COVER UP: BEHIND THE IRAN-CONTRA AFFAIR, MOTEL, APARTMENT ZERO, 84 CHARLIE MOPIC, HEATHERS, POWWOW HIGHWAY, SEX, LIES AND VIDEOTAPE, LETTERS FROM THE PARK, SOME GIRLS and TRUE LOVE. The Festival featured a 15-film tribute to John Cassavetes (SHADOWS, FACES, MINNIE AND MOSKOWITZ), as well as a centennial celebration of the work of Charlie Chaplin and two programs devoted to the much-loved cartoons of Jay Ward (ROCKY AND BULLWINKLE, DUDLEY DO-RIGHT). Writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez spear-headed the Festival's continuing exploration of Latin American Film, overseeing the creation of six feature-length works based on his stories. Short films were also spotlighted, both in the Discovery Program for emerging filmmakers and the Rouges Gallery of new American shorts. The Festival introduced two new awards this year: the Audience Award and the Filmmakers Trophy.

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