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Sundance Video: Robert Redford at Sundance 2011, Buck, Owning Chaz, Oprah Winfrey

Photo of Anne Thompson 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.
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Sundance Video: Robert Redford at  Sundance 2011, Buck, Owning Chaz, Oprah Winfrey

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.]

This article is related to: Festivals, Genres, Video, Sundance, Independents, Documentaries, Interviews


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.