It’s that time of year again – the annual Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Sundance Institute founder Robert Redford opened the festival by characterizing the slate of 117 feature films as products of “dark and grim” times and the “suffering from a government that’s in paralysis.”
“Even though the work reflects hard times, there’s not paralysis here,” the 75-year-old filmmaker said at an afternoon news conference. “They’re breathing life into fresh, new stories.”
“There have been a lot of changes over the years, but the one I see this year – which I find so gratifying – is that a category that was so small when we started has grown consistently. So with the collapsing of the mainstream, and the business changing so radically, the category and the community (of independents) is growing.”
Redford pointed to the participation of former mainstream talents, from directors to actors, as a sign of just how important the independent world of cinema has become.
“People like Spike Lee and Stephen Frears are here … because it has more possibilities and more freedom and control for the artists themselves, and that’s really what we’re about.”
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