‘It’ boys and girls rule roost

Many thesps, including stalwart Posey, asre Sundance staples

It seems every year there are one or two poster actors for the indies who are almost ubiquitous in Park City, appearing in more than one film and seen at every party, roundtable and sponsored buffet. You’ve seen and heard of them: the Steve Buscemis, Sarah Polleys and Eric Stoltzes of the world. … Let’s call them “it” girls and boys, and they’re a Sundance staple.

Nobody fits this description better than Parker Posey, the unofficial Sundance “Party Girl.” In 1995, she starred in that film, along with “Doom Generation” and “Flirt” a year later; then in 1997, she turned up in “Suburbia,” “Clockwatchers” and “House of Yes.”

Lili Taylor, another indie stalwart, made multiple appearances in 1996 (“I Shot Andy Warhol,” “Girls Town,” “Cold Fever”); and, in the current edition, Christina Ricci appears in no less than three films (“Pumpkin,” “The Laramie Project” and “Miranda”).

The 21-year-old Ricci is no stranger to the Sundance spotlight. In 1998, she was a double-barreled sensation in “The Opposite of Sex” and “Buffalo ’66,” and suddenly being taken seriously for more adult roles.

But the klieg lights of Sundance do not always guarantee lingering heat on one’s career. In 1998, the heretofore unknown Sam Rockwell was the Sundance “it” boy, with leading roles in “Lawn Dogs,” “Safe Men” and “Jerry & Tom.” But it’s safe to say that after Rockwell’s 15 minutes of Sundance fame, he sank back into relative obscurity. Fame — she can be a fickle mistress.

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