Film-maker Nicole Holofcener had a very special reason to celebrate the fact her new Jennifer Aniston movie opened the Sundance Film Festival yesterday (19JAN06) - she started her career at the Utah gathering.
The writer-director's FRIENDS WITH MONEY launched the 2006 festival last night and Holofcener paid tribute to Sundance because she became a movie-maker after attending a writing and directing class there in the mid-1980s.
Holofcener's cult debut, WALKING + TALKING, was developed at Sundance and premiered there in 1986.
She says, "I'm thrilled and petrified about having the opening film this year... Thrilled because I have a history with Sundance, which made this feel special and like a real honour."
The revered indie film festival, which was created by Robert Redford, this year features 120 feature-length movies and dozens of shorts, which will be shown over the next 10 days.