2012 Sundance Film Fest opens

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The annual Sundance Film Festival opens Thursday night. More than 4,000 filmmakers submitted work; fewer than 120 of their films made the cut. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad has more from Park City, Utah, where plenty of people from the Southland are converging.

First-time filmmakers, up-and-coming stars, scouts looking for the newest “it” guy or gal and film buffs mix it up during the 10-day fest in this snowy setting.

Actor and producer Robert Redford, who started the fest nearly three decades ago, presided over this year’s opening press conference.

"We can start with the hard times we’re living in," Redford said, talking about the subject matter of this year's films. "It’s no secret that times are dark and grim, and we’re suffering from a government in paralysis."

Redford said many of the documentary and dramatic films at the festival focus on those concerns.

"Here, we’re going to see work from artists that, even though their work may be reflective of those hard times, there’s not paralysis here. In fact, they are breathing life into fresh new stories."

The Sundance Film Festival wraps up on Jan. 29.

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