Starting today the film festival for independent film, running in Park City, Utah, goes on until January 25. The website tells it all – films, panel discussions, and the documentary sections are growing in strength, as is the Sundance Institute with its support mechanisms and training programmes.
Robert Redford, the founder of it all, with a personal note, a clip from the interview on the website:
A lot of what Sundance is today has to do with my early impressions as a kid. I grew up in a working class neighborhood in Los Angeles and our main entertainment was going to the movie theatre on Saturday night. I remember being impressed by the Pathe newsreels, which were really an early form of documentaries. They brought you information, including images of the Second World War that was going on, and if you had relatives in the war there was a personal connection that probably hooked me. There was also something about the grainy sense of reality that really stood out against the feature presentations of narrative films and animation. So the early genesis of this goes back to being very impressed with those newsreels.