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The Sundance Film Festival has always been a place for boundary-pushing programming.Far surpassing the dismal numbers of the industry at large, 37 percent of the films at Sundance are directed by women (up 3 percent from last year).The documentary "Half the Picture," from director Amy Adrion, examines the systematic discrimination of female filmmakers in Hollywood, with accounts from Catherine Hardwicke, Penelope Spheeris and Ava DuVernay.For the first time in some 30 years, fallen mogul Harvey Weinstein will be absent from the festival he dominated, and whose profile he helped raise, with big acquisitions for Miramax and The Weinstein Co.In recent months, Weinstein has been accused of two instances of assault at Sundance, including actress Rose McGowan's rape allegation from 1997 . Weinstein's shadow won't just affect the social aspects of the festival, but the acquisitions market as well, which was already skittish after the 2016 collapse of Nate Parker's "Birth of a Nation," when a rape allegation from his past surfaced just before its release.With no obvious breakout hit going into the festival, it could be a year for some true discoveries.
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