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30 years later, Sundance mission still the same, Redford says
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Workers busy themselves constructing the Hewlett Packard Live Lounge at Heber and Main in Park City, Wednesday, January 15, 2014.
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Workers deliver ice to a restaurant on Main Street in Park City, Wednesday, January 15, 2014.
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FedEx delivery team deliver packages for the Sundance Film Fesival on Main Street in Park City, Wednesday, January 15, 2014.
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People pass by the Hewlett Packard Live Lounge at Heber and Main in Park City, Wednesday, January 15, 2014.
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A restaurant just off Main Street in Park City, Wednesday, January 15, 2014.
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FedEx crew delivers packages to Sundance Film Festival offices on Main in Park City, Wednesday, January 15, 2014.
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Deliveries being made on Main Street in Park City, Wednesday, January 15, 2014.
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A worker cuts lumber during the construction of the Hewlett Packard Live Lounge at Heber and Main in Park City, Wednesday, January 15, 2014.
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People walk down Main Street in Park City, Wednesday, January 15, 2014.
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Visitor cross the street at Heber and Main in Park City, Wednesday, January 15, 2014.
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A Sundance worker mops the stage where the opening press conference will take place in about an hour at the Egyptian Theater in Park City, Thursday, January 16, 2014.
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Founder and President of Sundance Institute Robert Redford, right, speaks as Sundance Institute Executive Director Keri Putnam listens during the opening press conference will take place in about an hour at the Egyptian Theater in Park City, Thursday, January 16, 2014.
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Founder and President of Sundance Institute Robert Redford, right, speaks as Sundance Institute Executive Director Keri Putnam listens during the opening press conference will take place in about an hour at the Egyptian Theater in Park City, Thursday, January 16, 2014.
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Founder and President of Sundance Institute Robert Redford, right, speaks as Sundance Institute Executive Director Keri Putnam listens during the opening press conference will take place in about an hour at the Egyptian Theater in Park City, Thursday, January 16, 2014.
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Founder and President of Sundance Institute Robert Redford, listens to a question during the opening press conference will take place in about an hour at the Egyptian Theater in Park City, Thursday, January 16, 2014.
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Founder and President of Sundance Institute Robert Redford, right, speaks as Sundance Institute Executive Director Keri Putnam, center, and John Cooper, left listen during the opening press conference will take place in about an hour at the Egyptian Theater in Park City, Thursday, January 16, 2014.
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Sundance Institute Executive Director Keri Putnam, center, answers a question as Founder and President of Sundance Institute Robert Redford, right, and Sundance Film Festival Director John Cooper, left take part in the discussion during the opening press conference at Sundance at The Egyptian Theater in Park City, Thursday, January 16, 2014.
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Founder and President of Sundance Institute Robert Redford takes part in the discussion during the opening press conference at Sundance at The Egyptian Theater in Park City, Thursday, January 16, 2014.
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Founder and President of Sundance Institute Robert Redford answers a question during the opening press conference at Sundance at The Egyptian Theater in Park City, Thursday, January 16, 2014.
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Sundance Institute Executive Director Keri Putnam answers a question during the opening press conference at Sundance at The Egyptian Theater in Park City, Thursday, January 16, 2014.
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Founder and President of Sundance Institute Robert Redford, center, answers a question as Sundance Institute Executive Director Keri Putnam, left, listens, and moderator and Salt Lake Tribune movie critic Sean Means scans the audience looking for the next questioner during the opening press conference at Sundance at The Egyptian Theater in Park City, Thursday, January 16, 2014.
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Sundance Institute Executive Director Keri Putnam, left, laughs as she answers a question as Founder and President of Sundance Institute Robert Redford, right, takes part in the discussion during the opening press conference at Sundance at The Egyptian Theater in Park City, Thursday, January 16, 2014.
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Sundance Film Festival Director John Cooper, left, Sundance Institute Executive Director Keri Putnam, Founder and President of Sundance Institute Robert Redford, and Salt Lake Tribune film critic Sean Means, acting as the moderator for the opening press conference, are introduced to the audience at the Egyptian Theater in Park City, Thursday, January 16, 2014.
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Sundance Institute Executive Director Keri Putnam, left, listens as Founder and President of Sundance Institute Robert Redford, answers a question during the opening press conference at the Egyptian Theater in Park City, Thursday, January 16, 2014. At right is Salt Lake Tribune film critic Sean Means, who was the moderator of the discussion.
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Sundance Film Festival Director John Cooper, left, Sundance Institute Executive Director Keri Putnam, center, and Founder and President of Sundance Institute Robert Redford, discuss a question during the opening press conference, at the Egyptian Theater in Park City, Thursday, January 16, 2014.
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Bundled up visitors to Park City walk along Main Street, Thursday, January 16, 2014.
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Film posters cover walls along Main Street as the Sundance Film Festival begins Thursday January 16, 2014 in Park City.
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John Murphy (left) takes a photo of musician, Jehovah Hendrickson, in front of the Egyptian Theatre, on Main Street in Park City, Thursday, January 16, 2014.
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Lee Leisenheimer puts a decal on the window of the Utah Film Commission, in preparation for the Sundance Film Festival, on Main Street in Park City, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014.
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Main Street in Park City, in preparation for the Sundance Film Festival, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014.
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Movie posters are tacked up on Main Street, in preparation for the Sundance Film Festival, in Park City, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014.
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Miles Ozo takes a photo of Jay Arcansalian as he peeks through an ice sculpture on Main Street, in Park City, Thursday, January 16, 2014.

Park City • Robert Redford had an idea for a big opening for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival’s opening night.

Noting that this is the 30th year Sundance has been running the festival, the actor-director told the audience Thursday night at Park City’s Eccles Theatre that he asked his team " ‘How about we roll, a big cake out on the stage and I jump out of it?’ "

"That got shot down pretty fast," Redford quipped wryly.

Instead, the festival audience gave Redford a surprise: A sustained standing ovation when Redford, without any introduction, took the Eccles podium.

The ovation was the Sundance audience’s show of appreciation for Redford’s performance in the one-man drama "All Is Lost" — a role for which Redford had been talked about for an Academy Award, but was snubbed when Oscar nominations were announced Thursday morning.

"I can’t tell you how much that warm welcome means to me," Redford told the audience.

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Redford then got a little nostalgic about the early years, when his nonprofit Sundance Institute took over operations of the U.S. Film Festival.

"I wasn’t sure whether it was going to last," Redford said. "I said, ‘Three years from now, we might not be here.’ Now, 30 years later, here we are."

Nearly two hours later, the audience gave loud applause to the first movie on the Eccles screen: "Whiplash," an intense drama about a college drummer (Miles Teller) striving for greatness and butting heads with an abusive bandleader (J.K. Simmons).

Writer-director Damien Chazelle came to Sundance last year with a short film called "Whiplash," starring Simmons in the same role, and festival director John Cooper called it "the fastest turnaround from short to feature" Sundance has ever seen.

"Without Sundance, this movie wouldn’t have happened in the first place," Chazelle said, adding that exposure of the short drew interest in making a feature-length version of the story.

Earlier in the day, in a press conference to open the festival, Redford led off by talking about the Oscar omission — and clarified to industry naysayers what the festival is and isn’t.

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