Well, it’s amazing always to have your film premiere at Sundance - this is my sixth time coming here. I get less uptight and nervous about it as the years have unfolded, but it’s always special because this film festival celebrates the documentary and elevates its artistic acceptance almost like no other festival. I came for the first time in 1992 with a film called Brother’s Keeper
. Back then, I traveled with a 16 mm print of the movie under my arm on the airplane.
Since then, film technology has changed drastically. Also the town of Park City has grown exponentially. It’s literally five times bigger than it was in 1992 - the festival has grown exponentially. The key players have changed. The distribution platforms have changed. How people consume movies have changed. Audience tastes have changed.
Yet one thing, which I love about this festival, remains constant. That is that despite all of this craziness and how things have changed, Redford’s original vision of giving a diversity of artists a voice, as well as allowing difficult material to be celebrated here, has been maintained. This has given somebody like me an opportunity to pass into the mainstream. I think I owe much of my success in the fact that I am more or less a mainstream documentary filmmaker, to the Sundance film festival.
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