- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 3, 2003

SALT LAKE CITY - Kevin Bacon and Courtney Cox Arquette are among actors whose films are entered in the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, an annual 11-day movie party staged in Utah.

Festival officials on Monday announced entries for dramatic, documentary and American spectrum categories of the festival, which kicks off Jan. 15 in Park City.

Mr. Bacon and his wife, actress Kyra Sedgwick, are teamed with hip-hop artist Mos Def in “The Woodsman,” a drama directed by Nicole Kassell that tells the story of a convicted child molester trying to rebuild his life.

Other dramatic entries include “We Don’t Live Here Anymore,” the story of a man’s affair with his best friend’s wife. The film, directed by John Curran, stars Mark Ruffalo, Laura Dern, Peter Krause and Naomi Watts.

Miss Cox Arquette stars in “November,” directed by Greg Harrison. The actress plays Sophie Jacobs, a photographer who struggles to cope after her boyfriend is shot to death in a convenience store.

Festival director Geoffrey Gillmore said “November” exemplifies the thread of anxiety running through many of this year’s films.

“This is the first group of movies” conceived and produced since September 11, 2001, he says. “There’s a sense of anxiety — in a lot of the work, a sense of disruption.”

Documentary entries include “Chisholm ‘72 — Unbought and Unbossed,” an examination of Rep. Shirley Chisholm’s 1972 presidential bid; “The Fight,” a look at the historic heavyweight boxing match between American Joe Louis and German Max Schmeling on the eve of World War II; and “Word Wars,” an examination of the lives of expert Scrabble players.

Music gets exposure, too, with the documentary “Metallica: Some Kind of Monster” — an unusual look at the heavy-metal band undergoing group therapy to help its members through addiction, fatherhood and “near-total disintegration” while recording their first original studio album in six years.

Short films appearing at the festival will be announced Monday .

A complete festival lineup is available on the Web at www.sundance.org.

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