Sundance festival kicks off with Taylor Swift, ‘Crip Camp’

Taylor Swift attends the premiere of "Taylor Swift: Miss Americana" at the Eccles Theater during the 2020 Sundance Film Festival on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

PARK CITY (AP) – Plenty of change is in the air at the Sundance Film Festival, where some 128 feature films are set to premiere over the next 10 days beginning Thursday.

Main Street of Park City is seen on opening day of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Streaming companies are now among the most likely companies to scoop up buzzed-about breakthroughs. The marquee event of opening day belonged to the feverishly anticipated Taylor Swift Netflix documentary “Miss Americana.”

The normally private Taylor Swift has premiered a revealingly intimate documentary at the Sundance Film Festival. In it, the pop star discloses a past eating disorder, chronicles her inner battle over speaking out about politics and says her 2017 sexual assault court case was a dramatic turning point in her life.

“Miss Americana” is a Netflix documentary directed by Lana Wilson, and it was one the most feverishly awaited film in this year’s Sundance program.

Its premiere was a predictably frenzied scene. Outside the theater in Park City, Utah, dozens of Swift fans sang in unison. The film will debut Jan. 31 on Netflix.

And for the first time in decades, the annual ski town festival has kicked off without a few opening words from its founder, Robert Redford. Sundance is forgoing its traditional opening day press conference where Redford has presided since the 1980s.

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