The 26th Sundance Film Festival kicked off yesterday, showcasing independent films over the following ten days in Park City, Utah. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is there for new movie Hesher and to promote his website, inviting people to join him and his friends and coworkers as they collaborate with strangers on their current film project. Meanwhile James Franco and Jon Hamm were there to promote Howl, in which James plays Allen Ginsberg. The tragedy in Haiti wasn't far from festival founder Robert Redford's mind, and he talked about that as well as returning to showcasing new filmmakers, and how documentary is a big part of this year's lineup, saying:
"My feeling about Haiti, I think, is pretty much shared by everyone. It's tragic, it's horribly sad. And it's terribly unjust, especially when you look how their life was. This festival was always meant to be fun, loose. And here we are, to celebrate filmmakers. But if we can keep in mind what's happening, the current events in Haiti, that would be good. ... We have to return to the place where we started. This festival is aimed to provide opportunities for filmmakers... I think that if we take a long view — and in America I think we are a short view country — documentary will allow us to move into areas that have been vacated by the news media."
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