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For many, independent film is synonymous with movies that deal with depressing subject matter Hollywood is too timid to tackle. And given the Sundance Film Festival's stature as the world's most important independent film festival, those same people probably see the annual Park City event as one where only sad works come to nest.

Well, they couldn't be further from the truth. Because for every dreary Sundance hit like "Like Crazy" or "Precious," there are countless ones like "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Clerks" that provide a sense of joy in place of a good cry. With this year's edition of the festival just days away from launching, here's our list of the ten least depressing-sounding movies premiering in Park City.

1. 'Austenland'

"Napoleon Dynamite" co-writer Jerusha Hess makes her filmmaking debut with this romantic comedy sure to appeal to — you guessed it — Jane Austen fanatics. In it, "Felicity" star Keri Russell stars as Jane, »

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