"I am my ancestors' dream," said Jessica Williams, looking out over a huge Park City crowd. "They fought for me to be able to stand up here in the cold-ass snow in front of a bunch of white people wearing Uggs."
The crowd laughed, and shivered. The Daily Show alum Williams was speaking in the aftermath of a crowded women's march down Main Street here at the snow-pelted Sundance Film Festival, where the usual moviegoing and dealmaking has taken a backseat to the inauguration of Donald Trump. As our 45th president rails against celebrities like Meryl Streep and prepares to gut the National Endowment for the Arts — the independent federal agency that gave Robert Redford a loan that he used to start Sundance in the first place— the creative class here is notably anxious about what the future holds. Actress Maria Bello, who spoke before Williams, confessed that her post-election depression had kept her housebound for weeks. "I realized that I stayed in bed for too long, and I have never been that girl," Bello said, raising her voice. "I don't want to be that person now who stays silent."