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Mark Monroe came to the 2013 Sundance Film Festival as the writer of three distinctly different documentaries--"Sound City," "Who is Dayani Cristal?" and "The Summit," which opens October 4 (trailer below). The writer of Oscar-winning "The Cove" and this year's Oscar-shortlisted "Chasing Ice" is proving to be a valuable asset. Not every documentary filmmaker is a writer-director like Alex Gibney, who brought "We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks" to Sundance 2013. Some filmmakers need help organizing complicate features, such as Nick Ryan of "The Summit," "The Cove"'s Louie Psihoyos or "Chasing Ice"'s Jeff Orlowski. That's where broadcast journalist Monroe comes in. He's also a filmmaker, but he's proving so adept at helping others realize their projects that he's got writing gigs lined up like airplanes at La Guardia. Check out the new trailer for "The Summit," after the jump. Anne Thompson: Give me, from your end, the calls from »


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