Sundance Film Festival: People: Feb. 5, 2007


What film festival would be complete without some conflict? Before the premiere of Hounddog, in which DAKOTA FANNING, 12, plays a victim of sexual abuse, religious groups and child advocates were condemning it as child pornography, and former child actors like Alison Arngrim (Nellie from Little House on the Prairie) were saying Fanning was being exploited. In the disturbing, if not explicit, scene that inspired the controversy, the camera fixes on a close-up of Fanning's face while she is raped by a neighborhood boy. But the young actor said the toughest scene for her was actually one with rattlesnakes:...

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