January 27th, 2011
06:17 PM ET
Along with a slew of stars from entertainment and media (Oprah, Kevin Spacey, Demi Moore), Sundance is teeming with prominent names from the world of politics. This year's festival brought out members of two political dynasties.
Environmental activist Robert Kennedy Jr. is the driving force behind "The Last Mountain," a Sundance documentary that attacks mining company practices in West Virginia. His sister Rory Kennedy is the producer of another Sundance documentary, "Bobby Fischer Against the World."
Not to be outdone, the Cuomos are making their presence known at Sundance, too. Maria Cuomo Cole, daughter of former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo and sister of current New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, produced the Sundance short documentary "Living for 32." The film powerfully recounts the experience of Colin Goddard, who was shot four times during the Virginia Tech massacre but managed to survive.
Several other political stars have come to Sundance, including California's new Lt. Governor, Gavin Newsom (former mayor of San Francisco). He's featured in the documentary "Miss Representation," which happens to have been directed by his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom.
To top it off, Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker came to Sundance to promote the new season of "Brick City", a documentary series about his city that airs on the Sundance Channel.
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