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Parker Posey returns to Sundance busy, determined and frustrated

137661856Parker Posey returns to the Sundance Film Festival with a lot on her plate, which is fine by her.

“I kinda grew up here,” Posey says of the fest. “Every time I come back I get reinvigorated and inspired all over again.”

The 43 year-old actress, who was once deemed “Queen of the Indies” when she broke onto the scene in the 90s with independent films like “Party Girl,” “Clockwatchers,” and “The House of Yes,” is back in Park City with the new supermarket drama “Price Check” and will also serve as host the Sundance Awards on Saturday.

“It’s a real opportunity to get back to my roots,” Posey says about pulling double-duty.

“Price Check,” written and directed by Michael Walker, tells the story of an assertive businesswoman (Posey) who tries to turn around a struggling supermarket chain.  

Eric Mabius co-stars in the film.

Sundance2012“She cares a great deal about a job that most people would think is really mundane and boring,” Posey says of her character. “And Mike (Walker) is just so smart.”

Despite her glowing praise of the film though, Posey is admittedly exasperated by the state of the film world.

“Years ago we would’ve had a lot more money to make this movie,” the actress says with a look of despair. “Now you have studios going ‘We don’t make dramas anymore.’ They make broad comedies and the movies that can be turned into videogames.”

Still, Posey compares the current indie market to a sleeping giant.

“I think we’re at the beginning of the power of independent cinema,” she says. “Movies can start to grow and get an audience on Demand on Netflix, it’ll be cool again. It’ll stop being such a commodity.”

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