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Sundance: The Inauguration

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The Sundance Film Festival seemed to grind to a celebrated halt as 100s of moviegoers gathered at the base of Main Street to watch the 44th President Barack Obama being sworn into office. Shuttle buses were emptied and very few people chose to spend their morning watching movies. Though the 8:30 am screening of Bobcat Goldthwait’s Spectrum film World’s Greatest Dad was packed. A moment that inspired Goldthwait to introduce his movie by saying, “As excited as I am to have a movie here at Sundance, I’m more excited that by the time this movie is over George Bush will no longer be president.” The EW Lounge also took a break with the cast and crew of La Mission. Benjamin Bratt, Talisa Soto Bratt and director Peter Bratt postponed their promotion efforts to take in Obama’s inaugural address. Also on hand were Michael and Mark Polish, the writing/directing brothers behind the Bill Bob Thornton-starrer Manure. “I never thought I’d be sitting in the EW Lounge taking in this most auspicious and historic moment, but here we are,” says Benjamin Bratt. “It doesn’t matter what the circumstances of the environmental setting are, it was an emotional moment, a beautiful speech. I think it was inspiring to all of us.”

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