"Would it have been wonderful to be nominated? Of course," Redford told reporters at the Egyptian Theatre. "But I’m not disturbed by it or upset because it’s a business. I was so happy to be able to do this film because it was independent. So that’s what’s on my mind, the chance it gave me. I’m happy about it and I’ll stay happy with it. The rest is not my business, it’s someone else’s."
Nominations for this year’s Academy Awards were announced just a few hours before the news conference; Redford, who starred in "All Is Lost," was not on the list.
Redford also felt the need to address a recent article that suggested that Sundance wasn’t what it could be. The article criticized the festival for its lack of support in the areas of film distribution and other financial matters.
"That’s got nothing to do with who we are," Redford charged, adding it always has been the mission of the film festival to help new artists hone their craft and provide an opportunity for them to share their work.
After that, he said, "it’s our hope [that they will get distribution] but it’s not our business."
The annual festival, which brings a host of Hollywood actors, directors and producers — as well as musicians, athletes, media and even top chefs — to Utah, runs through Sunday, Jan. 26, in Park City and at venues in Salt Lake City, Ogden and the Sundance resort. Five premieres were set on the Day One slate in Park City.
The lineup is filled with 117 feature films from 37 countries. Of those, 54 films come from first-time directors.
The competition and Next films boast big names, including Oscar winners Anne Hathaway, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Mary Steenburgen, while the documentaries cover a range of topics from Alzheimer’s and obesity to gay marriage, dinosaurs and the Major League Baseball pitcher who threw a no-hitter while on LSD.
Redford was joined onstage by Kari Putnam, Sundance Institute executive director, and John Cooper, festival director. Tribune movie critic Sean P. Means was the moderator.
The 30-year anniversary was the focus of much of the discussion.
"I don’t think the mission of Sundance has changed; it exists to support the voices of artists, to get their stories told and seen," said Putnam. Over course, it has also seen a "remarkable evolution," starting with feature films, then adding documentaries, a theater program and now 18 labs that support up-and-coming artists.
"It’s grown up," said Putnam, "but the mission has stayed the same."« Previous Page Next Page »