Sundance Lessons: How the Trump Era Has Focused Indie Filmmakers’ Lens

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Sundance 2020: A sense of loss in the Trump era and a longing for escape from our current reality suffused the festival

The ties between political currents and the movies are never direct, at the Sundance Film Festival or anywhere else. Except, perhaps, when a reality-show huckster runs for president, wins and starts assaulting the values that touch independent filmmakers: freedom of expression, equal rights, due process, environmental protections, reproductive rights, gay rights and crony capitalism, to name a few.

In movies from “The Dissident” to “Bad Hair” to a four-part docuseries on Hillary Clinton, a sense of loss in the Trump era and a longing for escape from our current reality suffused not only the films in the festival, but many of the public panels and private discussions around Park City, Utah.

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Sharon Waxman

Sharon Waxman, is the founder, CEO and Editor in Chief of TheWrap. She is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author, and was a Hollywood correspondent for The New York Times. Twitter: @sharonwaxman