By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 28, 2011 at 8:32AM
Sundance Festival and Channel founder Robert Redford opened up the Fest with his customary press conference, where he talked about new Sundance initiatives and Slamdance. As a big supporter of the doc Buck, about the original inspiration for his film The Horse Whisperer, it was no surprise when the film sold to Sundance Selects. Redford opened the fest with the debut screening of Sing Your Song, a doc about his old friend, Harry Belafonte, 82.
And Redford was of course thrilled when Oprah Winfrey not only acquired Chastity Bono doc Becoming Chaz for her new OWN Network, but showed up at the fest for her OWN party--her car was followed by some 300 people up Main Street--and announced:
"It is my intention to do for documentaries what we have been able to do for books. My goal, my dream, my intention is to bring documentaries into the mainstream, to have them stimulate new ways of thinking. I want to do for documentaries what we did for books."
Below is the Sundance Channel's interview in Park City with Redford:
[Photo of Redford by indieWIRE.]