Sundance gets taste of N.Y., La.


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While many at Sundance will be hitting the parties, crashing gift suites and maybe seeing a film or two, a couple of out-of-state film offices will be in Park City hoping to drum up business.

The New York State Governor's Office for Motion Picture and Television Development will host its sixth New York Lounge, presenting interviews with filmmakers and convening panels with indie experts on subjects ranging from film financing to controlling postproduction costs in its Main Street office. It also is flying in fresh New York bagels every day as well as apple cider from upstate New York.

"We come out here to celebrate all the New York filmmakers and New York films in general," said Pat Swinney Kaufman, the office's exec director.

For the second year, the Louisiana Film Foundation is throwing a Mardi Gras party on Saturday. The organization is flying a chef in from Louisiana and will have a jazz band on hand.

"Some of the people that most benefit from tax credits are the independent producers," foundation chairman Eric Skrmetta said. "Our goal is to meet in a forum where there are a lot of independent producers or executives from the independent wings of the big companies. Sundance is that place."