At the beginning of the week, everyone was talking about Elizabeth Olsen, the OTHER Olsen sister, who had been unofficially crowned the “it” girl of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. She’s a new young talent  that had her public coming out, appearing in two films at this year’s fest, both of which sold early in the week — Martha Marcy May Marlene and Silent House.

And Elizabeth is a talent we should watch out for in years to come, but the star power extruding from her family’s name seems to be blinding people to the real story, the real “it” girl of this year’s festival — Brit Marling. If you ask me, she is a new force in the independent film scene. Not only did she star in two of the more highly acclaimed films of this year’s Sundance, but she also co-wrote and produced both features. Both movies have a sci-fi component, but for the most part deal in the world and reality of today.

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