Louis C.K.

With Sundance 2018, a festival reaches to meet the moment

With Sundance 2018, a festival reaches to meet the moment

Yes, there are still movies at the Sundance Film Festival.

But the 2018 edition of the preeminent indie film showcase, which kicks off Thursday night in Park City, Utah, also will be dealing with a moment of tumultuous upheaval and uncertainty in the culture. Multiple moments, to be more exact.

The mechanics of the entertainment industry are in a state of flux; traditional distributors continue to grapple with streaming services such as Netflix, which last year won the festival’s top prize, and they are all trying to figure out the best ways to deliver movies to audiences without going broke.

Last year, Sundance was concurrent with the presidential inauguration and ...

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