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From ReporterTV: John Penotti, prexy of Greene-Street Films, and Ted Hope, Good Machine co-founder, sell “In The Bedroom” to Miramax. Director Bill Bindley causes quite a splash with “Madison.” Also, Scott McGehee and David Siegel discuss how they manage to share the roles of director, producer and screenwriter. View streaming video from the Sundance Festival.

PARK CITY, Utah — There was such an air of exclusivity at the CAA/Motorola party Tuesday night at Sundance that even the celebrities were conspicuous in their absence. Access to the shuttle-only affair at the Stein Eriksen Lodge was so strict that many would-be revelers — certain they were on the invite list — were left out in the cold.

As a result, “Twin Peaks” alum Kyle MacLachlan and Sam Rockwell — the bad guy in “Charlie’s Angels” who was the Sundance kid a few years back with three films in the festival — held sway in a room full of as-yet anonymous filmmakers.

Producers Bruce Cohen and Dan Jinks, Oscar winners for “American Beauty,” brought a hint of power to the proceedings and pointed to the multimedia state of Sundance. They’re not only working with Steven Spielberg on “Big Fish,” Spielberg’s next project after “Minority Report,” but they’re also involved with network TV projects.

Fellow attendee Paul Rosenberg, a producer on the previous Sundance pic “Go,” is touting crap.tv.com.

Ultimately, it’s the lure of undiscovered talent that draws people out into the thin air. Cohen said he was in Park City to “see some films and meet some writers and directors and just get away.”

Added Jinks: “Last year I was blown away by ‘You Can Count on Me.’ I always see something good up here. It’s like an industry convention — you get to talk to all the people you normally don’t see.”

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