Hillary Clinton Is Attending the 2020 Sundance Film Festival – Here’s Why

The Sundance Film Festival runs from Jan. 23 to Feb. 2, 2020, in Utah between Park City, Salt Lake City and Sundance, UT. Every day new movies will premiere and the stars will be there, and you may see them walking down Main St. too. Hillary Clinton will make her first ever appearance at the festival too.

Sundance premiere Hillary
Hillary Clinton | Barbara Kinney/Hulu

Nanette Burstein’s Hulu docuseries Hillary premieres at Sundance and the former Secretary of State and First Lady is attending. You can see Clinton in person on Saturday, Jan. 25 at the 3:00 p.m. premiere at The Ray theater. Clinton and Burstein will also be at the Cinema Cafe on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 11:30 a.m. prior to their 12:30 p.m. screening in Salt Lake City. 

Clinton also spoke with the Television Critics Association for the first time on Friday, Jan. 17. Here’s what she had to say about taking the show to Sundance and other film festivals. Hillary will premiere on Hulu March 6.

Hillary Clinton is looking forward to the Sundance Film Festival

Hillary Clinton’s job has taken her all around the world, but one place she’s never been to is the Sundance Film Festival.

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama
Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton | Barbara Kinney/Hulu

“I’ve never been to Sundance,” Clinton said. “I hear it is the most amazing experience and you literally could stay up for two weeks straight and see incredible films from all over the world and all kinds. So, I’m really looking forward to it. I’m excited about it. It’s like a new experience.  I don’t know what to expect other than it’s supposed to be cold. So, I’m looking forward to being there.”

Hillary Clinton hopes to do this while she’s at Sundance

Even though Hillary Clinton has business at Sundance, she also hopes she gets to experience her first festival as a movie lover. She worries her busy schedule at Sundance with two screenings and a Q&A in one weekend might not allow time to attend other films.

“I don’t know whether I will have time to see any other films, which would be really disappointing since I don’t know if I’ll ever get back to Sundance,” Clinton said. 

Hillary Clinton will take questions from not only Americans

The Sundance Film Festival attracts movie lovers from all over the world. When Hillary Clinton gets up to take questions after the screening, she expects to hear from not only citizens of Utah.

Hillary Clinton and Kate McKinnon
L-R: Kate McKinnon, Hillary Clinton | Barbara Kinney/Hulu

“I think showing it there, which is really an international audience, I think it’s going to be, for me, a lot of fun. Trying to figure out how to explain the moment in history that we find ourselves is really difficult. We are living in such a transformational age. Whether it ends up on the high side or the low side, we’re not clear yet. I’m looking forward to the questions, to the experience, and everything that goes with being at Sundance.”

Hillary Clinton, Television Critics Association panel, 1/17/2020

Next stop, Berlin

The Berlin Film Festival also asked to screen Hillary and both Clinton and Burstein will go to Germany to present it there.

“Then we go to the Berlin Film Festival, which is also an international audience,” Clinton said. “I don’t know what they’ll make of it, but they want it. I’ll do the same thing in Berlin I’ll do in Sundance, answer questions, which I think will probably be about what’s wrong with the United States and what are you guys going do to recover?”

Hillary and Chelsea Clinton
L-R: Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton | Barbara Kinney/Hulu

The series spends four one hour episodes exploring Hillary Clinton’s career in politics and attempts to answer that question. So she hopes the film will inform questions rather than just a free for all.

“It is a really fraught time right now,” Clinton said. “So I anticipate there will be a lot of questions about that that spring off of the film itself.”