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    Sundance Film Festival gets underway


    by ODN


    The 2011 Sundance Film Festival opened this week with the new Beastie Boys film, Fight For Your Right Revisited.

    The short film, directed by Adam Yauch, is a follow-up to their classic music video Fight For Your Right (To Party), and stars Seth Rogen, Elijah Wood and Danny McBride as the Beastie Boys themselves, with cameos from Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly and Jack Black.

    Speaking from the red carpet, Elijah Wood said the all-star cast was a massive draw: "Reilly, Will Ferrell, Seth Rogen - what an absolute dream to work on a Beastie Boy's video. I am a huge, huge fan. To work with those comedians, it was an awesome opportunity," he said.

    Police drama The Guard, starring Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle, also premiered on opening night.

    Directed by first time Irish filmmaker John Michael McDonagh, The Guard tells the story of a village cop who faces off with an FBI agent as he chases down an international drug-smuggling ring.

    Don Cheadle said: "I think the difference between small movies and the big movies is that you are here for the love of the game. It is not about the bells and whistles, you are here because you really want to do the work."

    Meanwhile, rapper Snoop Dogg added a hip-hop flavour to the Film Festival's opening night, performing on the main street.

    Sundance, which takes place in the ski resort town of Park City in Utah, celebrates independent filmmaking and ends on January 30.