In 2018, everyone knows what happens at a Sundance film premiere. Fervor builds for weeks leading up to the screening. Tickets are a hot commodity. If the movie is well-received, word-of-mouth spreads (or, these days, word-of-Twitter
), screenings are added, and the cycle starts over. After all, each film could be the next big sale or even next year’s Oscar favorite — everyone wants to see it.
So when Tonya Glanz
stared at a half-empty theater following a screening of her series “The Adulterers
” and half-jokingly asked, “Are there any buyers in the house?” the subsequent silence seemed like a deafening answer. Part of Sundance’s first-ever Indie Episodic program, which highlighted TV pilots, premieres, and short-form series, “The Adulterers
” was one of the best of the fest, but it didn’t generate the same festival frenzy as its film counterparts.
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