It’s not like we’ve been searching for reasons to get excited about Sundance 2012, but an extra one is always welcome. When we heard that Parker Posey, of Cosmic issue fame, was slated to be the host at the Sundance awards ceremony, we could hardly contain ourselves. Who better than Parker Posey to usher in a new year of films to watch, directors to become obsessed with, phenomenons to follow than the exemplary indie goddess herself? Of course it’s really only the icing on the cake, since in order even get to the awards ceremony, competitors will have to pass through an unremitting jury of luminaries in the field. Short film entries can look forward to being judged by the incomparable Mike Judge (whose accomplishments precede him) and Spike Lee protegee Dee Rees, whose short film Pariah, one of last years entries, was destined to become the feature film Pariah, this year’s indie circuit thoroughbred.