Published: Sun, January 22, 2017
Culture | By Kelly Harrison

Robert Redford Explains What Donald Trump Means for the Sundance Film Festival

Robert Redford Explains What Donald Trump Means for the Sundance Film Festival

"We are going to stand behind our artists and support them", echoed Sundance Film Festival Director John Cooper. Therefore I felt that documentaries have a more important role than ever, because it becomes like long-form journalism.

When Hillary Clinton lost the election, "we experienced a huge setback, but the only thing to do when you have been set back is to step forward, continue to fight and use your voice", Handler said.

She says, "I went to Standing Rock (native American tribal land) when I started following what was going on there with the water protectors at Standing Rock and I saw how easily there can be civil rights abuses and nobody will pay attention until enough people stand up and say, "This is not right", and we need to change".

Redford, in his opening remarks, noted that his Sundance Institute got some of its seed funding from the National Endowment for the Arts - a federal agency that, according to reports Thursday, the Trump administration wants to eliminate, along with the National Endowment for the Humanities.

"The groundswell that we needed before that election is happening now".

Robert Redford Explains What Donald Trump Means for the Sundance Film Festival

Watch the entire "Day One Press Conference" here.

"It is a great extra set of opportunities for filmmakers", Putnam said. "That's a conversation that a lot of artists will be thinking about".

A massive internet outage in Park City coincided with the temporary halting of ticket purchases at the Sundance Film Festival this morning after a cyberattack by unknown actors shut down the festival's Box Office.

"This is a very appropriate question because any of you who have been here before can see the increased development that is going on [in Park City]", he said. They want to have us here. The 2017 Sundance Film Festival will take place from January 19 to January 29, 2017. "But I know at some point there will be a clash that we're going to have to look at".

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