Posted by Larry Gleeson
By Seerat Chabba
This year’s Sundance Film Festival is also the venue for “Women’s March on Main,” one of the first large-scale protests against the election of President-elect Donald Trump in 2017, to be held just a day after he is officially inaugurated as president of the United States.
“We open this march and event to everyone who respects human rights, civil liberties, and diversity. Despite its title, like the marches happening nationwide, this march is for women AND men. Anyone who supports the rights of others and protecting those rights is welcome,” the description on the event’s official Facebook page reads. It adds: “We have an opportunity in the creative communities to spread hope, tolerance and inclusiveness in our art and with our voices. We relish the chance to join Park City, its organizations and citizens, and our larger nationwide community on this day.”
The “Women’s March on Main” in Park City, Utah, on the sidelines of the film festival is expected to be attended by a number of actors and filmmakers in town for the film festival, reports say. Comedian Chelsea Handler confirmed she will join the march on Jan. 21.
“Sundance has always been a platform for change: not only for filmmakers and filmmaking, but also for big ideas for the future,” she said in a statement to Mashable. “If there’s anything I learned in the last year, it’s that we need to be louder and stronger than ever about what we believe in, so I joined some incredible women from around the country to bring our voices together in the streets of Park City.”
The Sundance march will be one of over 200 planned for the day after the president-elect’s inauguration. Others have been planned in cities like Washington, D.C. — where over 100,000 people are expected to participate — New York and Los Angeles.
The Sundance Film Festival — which boasts of attendees like Salma Hayek, Jennifer Aniston, Rooney Mara and others, according to People magazine — is not affiliated with the march.