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In its 12 years of operation, the Sundance Film Festival has moved from the outskirts of the film biz to the center of the vogue for low-budget films by names like Tarantino and Coen. Another in an ongoing Smithsonian Associates series, “Festival Spotlight: Geoffrey Gilmore of the Sundance Film Festival” will let the fest’s programming director (as interviewed by American University film professor Patricia Aufderheide) explain the role of the festival and its sponsor, the Sundance Institute. Then Gilmore will introduce the film that won the Grand Jury Prize this year, Jonathan Nossiter’s Sunday. Nossiter will be present to discuss the film, which the Village Voice called “Pinter-esque.” At 7 p.m. at the Museum of Natural History’s Baird Auditorium, 10th & Constitution Ave. NW. $14. For reservations call (202) 357-3030. (Mark Jenkins)