Sundance founder's daughter debuts at festival

Sat Jan 19, 2008 5:13pm EST
 
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By Bob Tourtellotte

PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) - Whatever people may think, Robert Redford and his daughter Amy Redford say that her debut as director of "The Guitar" at the Sundance Film Festival was all Amy's doing -- no help from the Sundance Kid.

"It's a very basic question, and one I would ask," Amy Redford, 37, told Reuters. "But the thing I feel good and confident about is that I've been involved in other films that haven't made it, and it's a democratic selection process."

The elder Redford, who founded the festival named after his role as the outlaw Sundance in the 1969 film "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," told reporters at a separate news conference that his only role was as a father who supported his daughter.

"I'm happy to say she is here on her own drive," he said.

The Sundance Film Festival, which began on Thursday and ends January 27 at the Utah ski resort of Park City, is the premiere gathering for U.S. independent film. Each year thousands of filmmakers submit movies in hopes of gaining entry and, perhaps, the exposure that can make them Hollywood stars.

Of the more than 3,600 movies submitted this year, only about 120 were selected from 25 countries around the world, so it's natural that some people might suspect nepotism was involved in "The Guitar" winning a spot.

Yet, the festival employs many programmers to screen all those films, utilizes a selection committee to pick entries, and Robert Redford is not in that group.

"The Guitar," which tells of a young woman finding her own true spirit and independence, debuted at Sundance on Friday, and like any first-time director Amy Redford said she was nervous.   Continued...

 
<p>Amy Redford (R) director of the film "The Guitar" which is in competition at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, and her film's star, actress Saffron Burrows look at a newspaper article mentioning their film in Park City, Utah, January 18, 2008. Redford is the daughter of the festival's founder, actor and director Robert Redford. The festival will run for 10 days with 121 feature-length films selected for competition. REUTERS/Fred Prouser</p>