The annual independent movie event, hosted by Redford's Sundance Institute began in Park City, Utah, on Thursday (19Jan17), and on Saturday (21Jan17) comedian Chelsea Handler intends to lead a women's march against Trump, who she has called the "Predator-in-Chief'".
The two-time Oscar victor, 80, was asked his opinion on how filmmaking would be affected after the president-elect's inauguration on Friday, but insisted Sundance doesn't do politics. The pendulum swings back and forth.
"The idea of us being involved in politics is not so", he said.
Two filmmakers who joined Redford on the Egyptian stage said artists' reactions to political events, like Trump's election, have to stay true to storytelling.
The president-elect has vowed to slash government spending and his transition team has been working on a plan to cut $10.5 trillion out of the federal budget over 10 years, according to reports.
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She says, "I went to Standing Rock (native American tribal land) when I started following what was going on there with the water protectors at Standing Rock and I saw how easily there can be civil rights abuses and nobody will pay attention until enough people stand up and say, "This is not right", and we need to change". Her goal, she adds, is to "not be reactionary, because I think that's what feeds him and that's how he got elected. People are going to rebel against that".
The Sundance Film Festival has seen first-hand the premieres of some of the greatest indie films ever made, and this year proves no different.
She said had Democrat Hillary Clinton won the election, "maybe we would have gone complacent".
Lowery said he took to heart a quote that "every film is a political film". "What people can do, not just artists but all people... is to speak up for what role arts bring to our culture and our lives and to our ability to understand our world".