Donald Trump gets Sundance Film Festival fired up

Actress Kristen Stewart told the Southern California News Group that she joined the march to send a message to the new president. If politics comes up in the stories that the filmmakers are telling, so be it. “Just making it known that we’re completely not on board is important,” she said.• RELATED PHOTOS: Women March on Washington, Los Angeles and Other CitiesAt his opening-day news conference Thursday, Sundance founder Robert Redford declined to discuss Trump, saying of the festival, “We try to stay away from politics per se. … But we don’t play advocacy.”

Blige, who supported Hillary Clinton’s campaign and sang at President Barack Obama’s 2009 inaugural concert, added, “He speaks about women viciously. yetTrump’s policy plans were blasted at Saturday’s women’s march in Park City, Utah, where celebrities and local residents rallied in solidarity with demonstrators in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, New York and other cities.“This isn’t 1917, it’s 2017,” declared TV host Chelsea Handler, who led the protest. … It makes me emotional.”• RELATED STORY: With President Trump in charge, the sky hasn’t fallen … “We shouldn’t have to fight for progress we’ve already made, but we’re ready to.” The event was not officially sanctioned by Sundance, but festival director John Cooper and Sundance Institute executive director Keri Putnam were among the estimated 8,000 people who took part.

Trump’s position on climate change — at one point during the campaign he called it a “hoax” but later said he had an open mind on the subject — came under criticism from former Vice-President Al Gore, who came to Sundance for the premiere of “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” the follow-up to his Oscar-winning climate change documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.” “People are going to rebel against that — and a movement will be created,” he said. But later in the news conference, Redford predicted there will be pushback against Trump if he cuts programs that are popular with many Americans.

PARK CITY, Utah >> At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, one topic of conversation has trumped all others — President Donald Trump. Blige, who co-stars in the Mississippi Delta drama “Mudbound,” labeled Trump a “racist.” “I just really can’t support this,” Blige said Saturday about Trump while promoting her film with co-star Carey Mulligan and director Dee Rees. At premieres, panel discussions and a large protest, Trump’s name is frequently part of the conversation, usually with a liberal dose of dismay. Singer and actress Mary J.