"If politics come up in the stories the filmmakers are telling, so be it, but we don't play advocacy".
Festival director John Cooper says independent film is important as ever to bring diverse voices to a conversation.Otherwise, Redford mostly chose to dance around questions about Trump, saying how "the idea of (Sundance) being involved in politics is just not so".Redford stated, "Presidents come and go, the pendulum swings back and forth".
As she and her daughters marched, festival-goers waved and cheered from balconies and storefronts while spontaneous chants broke out in favor of women's rights including, "Hey-hey, ho-ho, misogyny has got to go".
Filmmaker Sydney Freeland said, "My response to this current climate is to find films that ring true and have authenticity to them, to provide a counter-narrative". "People are going to rebel against that".
Sundance Film Festival founder Robert Redford. "So I think they're trying to create something that other people are going to copy".
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"Every film is political", added Lowery.
"As a filmmaker, you have a podium", said David Lowery, whose "A Ghost Story" premieres Sunday at the festival. "Because the mainstream controlled the exhibition spaces".
The 2017 Sundance Film Festival started yesterday, which, for indie movie lovers everything, is a pretty big deal.
It is precisely that spirit that Redford and the members of the Sundance Institute hope to carry forward into the Trump administration and beyond, regardless of politics. Groth's final recommendation, The Force, is a documentary focused on the Oakland Police Force as it goes through federal reform, and he describes it as watching like a "Scorsese or Michael Mann film". "It has a chance to really tell the story so the public can really digest it and see how they feel about it".
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