If things have seemed quiet at the usual New York haunts of movie folks like Film Forum or Grey Dog Coffee this last week, it's because practically the whole community is in Park City, Utah for the Sundance Film Festival. The annual launching pad of many subsequently huge independent features (see this year's Best Picture Oscar nom and last year's festival break out, Little Miss Sunshine), Sundance is a crazy week. Parties, swag, deal-making and oh yeah, some screenings are jam packed into the proceedings.

Here's a few local productions which have been flickering on their screens:

- Zoe Cassavetes continues on in the family business with a new movie starring Parker Posey and her Mom, Gena Rowlands called Broken English. A drama with shades of romantic comedy set in New York, it's about a neurotic singleton who meets a sexy European and embarks on a romance with him.

2007_01_arts_goodnight.jpg- Another member of a famous New York film family, Jake (brother of Gwyneth, son of Blythe Danner and Bruce) Paltrow brought his new movie, The Good Night to Sundance. It stars Martin Freeman (from the British version of The Office) as a depressed musician obsessed with spending more time in his dreams. The case also includes Penélope Cruz, Danny DeVito and Jake's sister, Gwyneth. [Production still at right.]

- Actor Justin Theroux went behind the lens for the first time to direct Billy Crudup and Tom Wilkinson in Dedication, a movie about a children's book author dealing with loosing his writing partner. Theroux is a busy guy, he's also appearing in two other Sundance movies, The Ten and Cassavetes' Broken English.

- Tragically murdered local filmmaker Adrienne Shelly's movie, Waitress played at the beginning of the festival. Starring Keri Russell, Cheryl Hines and Shelly, the New York Times' David Carr (who's also been blogging from the fest) wrote a really sad piece about the film last week. Some of Gothamist's previous coverage of Shelly.

- Even though officially he's no longer a New Yorker because he moved to Berlin, we should still be able to claim Hal Hartley as one of our own. The indie no wave staple has brought his newest movie about the characters from Henry Fool called Fay Grim to the fest.

- We've heard good things about documentarian Amir Bar-Lev's movie, My Kid Could Paint That which had its premiere at the festival. Bar-Lev was already half way through shooting his movie about a child prodigy painter when it was discovered that that adorable tyke might not have been the author of the expensive paintings.

Check out some of the short film submissions on Sundance's site, as well as brief interview videos with various directors at the festival. Stu Van Airsdale has interviewed a number of local directors for his movie site, The Reeler as has indieWire. Visit Variety on line for the full scoop on the bidding wars at the fest (apparently the studios are all throwing around big, big money this year). The final awards will be handed out on Thursday, Jan. 27. Can't wait to see who takes home the big prizes, and who we'll be buzzing about in the Oscars of '08.