They Used To Be Indie Guys Too

The just-wrapped Sundance Film Festival will be coming soon to a cineplex near you. Among the independent films that got big distribution deals: Garden State (a comedy, set in New Jersey), Napoleon Dynamite (ditto, set in Idaho) and Open Water (a couple pursued by sharks). Hollywood will be paying close attention. A surprising number of directors have gone from quirky little Sundance successes to big-budget Hollywood blockbusters.

--By Richard Zoglin and Desa Philadelphia

ROBERT RODRIGUEZ

SUNDANCE FAVE EL MARIACHI No-budget South of the Border crime thriller was a hot film at the '92 festival

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