The drum beat leading up to the Sundance Film Festival has begun as Sundance Institute released this week the 66 films that will be screened in January before 40,000 creative alt-auteurs, powerful industry moguls, celebrity gits and insufferable film geeks.
Apparently Robert Redford didn’t get the memo that Donald Trump (who, if you think about it, is the anti-Bob) was elected president. This year, Sundance for the first time will focus its programming on controversial themes, such as the environment, species extinction and global climate change.
The theme this year is The New Climate—taking on climate change and environmental preservation. In the past, Sundance has engaged controversial subjects in films such An Inconvenient Truth, Blackfish, The Cove and Gasland.
2017’s program offers Chasing Coral that follows a team of scientists documenting the world’s changing coral reefs; Water & Power: A California Heist, that investigates California’s convoluted water system and Trophy, an in-depth look at the multi-billion-dollar big-game hunting industry [sons of Donald, watch your back!].
This is anything but a new direction for Bob: ”My own engagement on climate change began more than 40 years ago, and the urgency I felt then has only grown stronger given its very real and increasingly severe consequences. If we’re going to avoid the worst-case scenario, then we must act boldly and immediately, even in the face of indifference, apathy and opposition.”
In addition to the New Climate films, other entries will explore race and cop behavior.
Never fear, the fest will also screen a full slate of dramatic entries, for complete info go to sundance.org/festival.