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AMERICAN MORNING WITH PAULA ZAHN

Sundance Festival Home to Unique Films

Aired January 16, 2002 - 09:55   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.


THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.
ANDERSON COOPER: As you probably know, the Sundance Film Festival going on right now in Utah was created by Robert Redford to give the small budget filmmakers a place to showcase their work, no matter how odd the film might be.

Paul Clinton is in Park City with a most unique review.

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PAUL CLINTON, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Shotgunning beers from a stage is not the usual way to unveil a film.

(on camera): But that's exactly what happened here at Sundance when "Fubar" a mock documentary by three young Canadian filmmakers premiered here, (UNINTELLIGIBLE) night screening (ph).

(voice-over): Fubar fever has gripped the filmmakers relatives and friends. A group of them piled into an RV in Calgary for a 15- hour road trip down to Sundance. The filmmakers met up with their friends at Sundance, and are using the RV as their headquarters.

(on camera): The is the quintessential Sundance movie in terms of, you know, done on a shoestring budget, and done by people with a dream of coming to Sundance, and low and behold, you're here.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Definitely.

MICHAEL DOWSE, "FUBAR": Definitely made it with a lot of effort, a lot of passion, a lot of beer.

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Straight up (ph). You didn't finish it.

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CLINTON: Now we are going to meet the stars of "Fubar," Paul Spence and Dave Lawrence. This is Dave and Paul up here.

(voice-over): They are not just stars, they're the film's creators. They maxed out their credit cards to make the film, and when the funds ran dry, Dave's dad mortgaged his house. Ironically enough -- DAVE LAWRENCE, "FUBAR": Definitely not the type of film for my father, trying to explain that we get dressed up and act like jackasses, and now we need some money to help -- to make it so that everyone can see us act like jack-asses.

CLINTON: In the film, they are close friends, just like in real life.

(on camera): So you guys have known each other, like, forever.

LAWRENCE: Literally since we were born.

PAUL SPENCE, "FUBAR": Well, literally since you were born.

LAWRENCE: Right, because Paul was born three months before me.

SPENCE: It was a lonely three months.

CLINTON (voice-over): Now, back to the film. It's about more than hard drinking and hard rock.

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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You know, it's going to be pretty pathetic if you -- die because your pride.

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LAWRENCE: We knew that, like, if the film was just about, like, woo, party, like, bangers, that's it --

CLINTON (on camera): Like "Wayne's World."

LAWRENCE: Yeah.

SPENCE: Yeah, exactly.

LAWRENCE: We knew that it would only hold, like -- we could do 20 minutes of sort of that kind of thing, but eventually you need a narrative.

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Fight me.

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CLINTON (voice-over): The fight now is to get the film seen by a wider audience, but that's not the only battle.

(CROSSTALK)

SPENCE: No, no, no, no, no, no. You sit down! Yeah!

(CROSSTALK)

CLINTON (on camera): They've gone into character.

(voice-over): Just getting into Sundance makes this a story with a happy ending.

(on camera): One, two, three.

CROWD: "Fubar"!

CLINTON (voice-over): Paul Clinton, CNN, Park City, Utah.

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Coming out over here in five.

COOPER: I couldn't understand what those guys were saying, could you?

JACK CAFFERTY, CNN ANCHOR: No, I just did learn what Fubar means, though, unfortunately we can't share that with the folks at home. I had no idea.

COOPER: It's a term from World War II.

CAFFERTY: Naughty.

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