Women’s March Planned For Park City
Put on your walking boots because Comedienne Chelsea Handler is marching the sisters of Sundance (and everyone else who wants to join in) down Park City’s Main Street Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. But this women’s march is no joke.
The Women’s March On Main is part of a human rights demonstration set to take place in 50 states and 20 countries around the world. And what better Utah locale to stage it than the 3rd Annual Sundance Film Festival?
“Sundance has always been a platform for change: not only for filmmakers and filmmaking, but also for big ideas for the future,” Handler says. “We need to be louder and stronger than ever about what we believe in.”
Trouble Brews in Park City
This isn’t the first time that filmmakers have used Park City’s film fest as a way to podium liberal causes. Just to name a few, there have been Occupy Wall Street and Iraq war protests as well as animal-rights groups chanting from the sidewalks during Sundance.
The “Women’s March on Main” kicks off at 9 a.m. on the opening Saturday of the Fest. This happens to coincide with a similar march in Washington, D.C.; all the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration and what will be the busiest day of the Festival; a time when the majority of the celebs and media attend. Can you say chaos?
Organizers have created a Facebook page to ask supporters to come out and demonstrate their respect for freedom, human rights, diversity, safety and health in this country.
“We have an opportunity in the creative communities to spread hope, tolerance and inclusiveness in our art and with our voices,” says the page. The March starts at the Wasatch Brew Pub parking lot, 220 Main St. Park City, UT. 9 a.m. and culminates with a rally at the bottom (1 a.m.?). The WMM Facebook page says more than 1000 people plan to attend the March. Another 2000 are interested in going. Expect those numbers to climb exponentially in the next week.