The first films of this year’s Sundance Film Festival will premiere on Thursday night. UPR caught up with contributing reporter Steven Smith right after the festival’s opening press conference, which featured comments from founder Robert Redford and John Cooper. Smith outlined the films to watch this year and a few of the stars who will be present at the annual event, and talked about a surprise performance that is scheduled to follow the first film of the 2015 festival. The Sundance Film Festival began in 1978 and draws tens of thousands of people to Park City each year. This year's festival runs through Feb. 1.