It's been running for almost 40 years - beginning as the Utah/US Film Festival in 1978 - but it still manages to bring in fresh, unique titles and be the largest independent film festival in the country. "I think what was particularly valuable to me was the realization that these marches in cities all over the country are as important - if not more important - than the march in D.C. That unity is really what the movement is about".
She said had Democrat Hillary Clinton won the election, "maybe we would have gone complacent".
"We're going to stand behind our artists because this is what they do", Cooper said.
At the same time, Redford voiced his strong support for the environment as the festival prepares to show films from its first ever program dedicated to the climate.
As for looking ahead, Putnam said the Sundance Film Festival is a time to celebrate the festival's founding values, including freedom of expression from all sides of the issues, especially when it comes to documentary film. "And I think what that's going to do is going to galvanize the people".
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"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.
Thousands of people have descended on Park City for the Sundance Film Festival, which opened Thursday, and political undertones abound in the films showcased this year. "There's something happening and I feel it", she said. "We have a wonderful relationship with this city and the Mayor (Jack Johnson)". The Sundance Film Festival, which is not affiliated with the protest, tweeted a video of the masses to its more than 700,000 followers.
Heather Damiano of New York City, in Park City to attend Sundance, said the event was an attempt at "speaking up so Trump can hear us".