Look back at some of the films that got a boost in Park City, then shook up audiences and the industry, from ''Stranger Than Paradise'' to ''Precious'' and ''Beasts of the Southern Wild''
Sundance might be famed for overnight sensations, but Precious or Push: Based on the novel by Sapphire, as it was known when it first screened at the 2009 festival was unlike anything the festival had ever experienced. Directed by Lee Daniels and starring a complete unknown, a stand-up comedian, and a pop diva, Precious's dark tale of a pregnant, illiterate inner-city teen wowed everyone including Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey, who came aboard as producers after Lionsgate outmaneuvered the Weinstein Company to buy the film for $5 million. A year later, the film took home two Oscars, including Best Supporting Actress for Mo'Nique. Jeff Labrecque