Redford: Diversity reigns at Sundance Festival

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One of the documentaries in competition this year, “Valentine Road,” deals with the 2008 school shooting of an eighth-grader in California by a fellow classmate.

“It all the sudden has a new resonance,” said Cooper, noting that the film was selected before last month’s school shooting in Newtown, Conn. “We chose it because it’s an amazing movie.”

The festival begins in earnest Thursday night with screenings of four films. Screenings, workshops, parties and schmoozing will continue through Jan. 27. Cooper, whose staff culled the 119 festival offerings from thousands of submissions, said he can’t wait for audiences to see the selections.

“I just want to get this thing started,” he said. “I feel like I’m sitting on a powder keg of talent that needs to explode.”

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AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen is tweeting from Sundance. Follow her at http://www.twitter.com/APSandy.

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