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Deseret Morning News, Thursday, January 19, 2006
Redford says sacrifices for film fest 'worth it'
He's pleased with emphasis this year on documentaries
By Jeff Vice
Deseret Morning News
Robert Redford says he has made plenty of sacrifices including occasionally stalling his film career to ensure that the Sundance Film Festival would survive and thrive. But, he adds, "it was all worth it."
Robert Redford will appear at Park City premiere tonight.
Louis Lanzano, Associated Press
"We've been able to accomplish what we set out to do in the beginning, which is provide an outlet to help independent artists make their films and have their works be seen by a wide audience," he said by phone from the Sundance resort in Provo Canyon while in the midst of preparing for the opening of the Sundance Film Festival 06.
Redford said he will be at the Eccles Theatre in Park City tonight to introduce the opening-night premiere film ""Friends With Money,"" a comedy-drama starring Jennifer Aniston, Catherine Keener, Frances McDormand and Joan Cusack.
And he says he's excited about this year's festival, especially with its added emphasis on documentary features. "I'm happy that we've been able to support the documentary arts for years and that that form of filmmaking has become every bit as strong as the others."
He is also enthused about the festival's world cinema and short-film categories, which he says audiences "tend to neglect, though they're certainly missing out if they do."
Redford served in an advisory capacity to the Utah/U.S. Film Festival in the late 1970s and early '80s, and then his Sundance Institute took over and "decided to put it in a ski resort in the middle of winter, to make it as hard to get to as possible," he said with a laugh. "The experiment worked. We're here today because we took that risk and many others.
"Our willingness to take chances on films and filmmakers speaks for itself. Sundance has been good for independent filmmaking."
Redford acknowledged that Utah has also taken chances with its support of the festival. "I think there were a few lifted eyebrows at first, but we've established a relationship based on mutual trust and respect." He also voiced his pleasure about an agreement the Sundance Institute signed last year that will keep the festival in Utah for at least the next 12 years.
Last month, Redford was honored by the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., for his contributions to the film industry in a ceremony that put him in company with other honorees and with President Bush.
The outspoken liberal activist says he was skeptical at first. "To be honest, I had a few reservations about going to Washington, D.C., as you can probably understand. But it's hard to turn down the chance to be onstage with people like Tony Bennett, Tina Turner, Suzanne Farrell and the magnificent Julie Harris."
He was also able to tour the White House with his family. "I got to sit in Thomas Jefferson's seat. That, alone, made it worthwhile."
Meanwhile, Redford has been been reviving his sometimes-dormant film career. He's already provided one of the voices (of Ike the Horse) for a live-action (with computer-graphic enhancements) version of "Charlotte's Web," and he's scheduled to play legendary baseball manager/executive Branch Rickey in a film about Jackie Robinson. He's also planning to direct and star in "Aloft," a drama about the plight of the North American peregrine falcon, which could reunite Redford with his pal Paul Newman (they co-starred in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and "The Sting").
Asked about rumors that Matt Damon and Ben Affleck may be remaking "Butch Cassidy," Redford said he finds that "depressing."
"There is no shortage of good, original ideas, and there's just no point to remakes. Why do they have to mess with things that were perfect the first time around?" he said with a groan.
The 2006 Sundance Film Festival will run through Jan. 29 at various venues in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and the Sundance resort. For ticket information, call 801-326-2000 or 435-940-8900 or go to www.sundance.org.
© 2006 Deseret News Publishing Company
I also love how he points out that he really had to hold his nose to accept the Kennedy Center Honors bestowed by President Bush. Funny how Bush is always gracious to his political enemies, but they can never return the favor -- even a little. But, that's become par for the course. Bush should give Tom Selleck, Mel Gibson and Gary Sinese Kennedy Center Honors before he leaves office. Surely, they'd show more respect.
Hey Robert, you look like a FREAK after your plastic surgeries!
The man makes me puke.
Funny how Bush is always gracious to his political enemies, but they can never return the favor -- even a little.Not just Bush, conservatives in general. Convervatives are polite to the opposition and get slammed for their efforts.
More movies I will never pay for, or see.
Bush did that for most of 2005 and they belittled him down to a 39% approval rating.
I dunno. I'd say King Kong was worth it. So was Lord of the Rings (Ok, it was an extended remake of an animated feature, but still).
I have to agree with him. Butch and Sundance were best played by Redford and Newman. And then let it rest...
Another movie about gay cowboys eating pudding?
Anyone care to wager on whether or not Butch and Sundance are more than "just friends".
Whatdaya mean? Redford claims he's never had any cosmetic surgery. Just like Nacy Pelosi.
So does remaking the Butch Cassidy movie mean we'll have to listen to Brittany Spears singing Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head ad infinitum?
Grrr. Beat me by 20 seconds.
The eighties TV remake of Casablanca with David Soul as Rick proved that point once and for all.
Which one plays the "butch" character?
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