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Sundance kicks off

Friday, Jan 17, 2014 - 01:22

Jan. 17 - Robert Redford defends his 10-day film festival during the opening day. Alicia Powell reports.

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Movie lovers take over the streets of Park City, Utah as the Sundance Film Festival kicks off. Robert Redford created Sundance in 1978 to give an outlet to independent film making and creativity brewing outside of the big studios. Redford is considered to be one of the noteworthy actors snubbed during the Oscar nominations for his role in "All is Lost", but the actor-director says he doesn't want that to detract from the festival. SOUNDBITE: Robert Redford, actor, saying (English): "Would it have been wonderful to be nominated? Of course, neither was for acting. But I'm not disturbed or upset by it because of what I just said, it is a business and we couldn't conform to that. I was so happy to be able to do this film because it was independent." But Redford was quick to address a recent article published in the New York Times that suggested Sundance films that go on to theatrical releases are not always beneficial to the movie business. SOUNDBITE: Robert Redford, actor, saying (English): "Our job and our role is to create a space and a platform to bring new voices and new ways of seeing the world using independent film to this place. That's it. We're not interested in the money, that's somebody else's issue." The 10-day festival will showcase films in competitions and low-key premieres - truly an antidote to Hollywood's glittering awards season.

Sundance kicks off

Friday, Jan 17, 2014 - 01:22

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