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Robert Redford created the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah to spotlight independent movies in the 1980s, but since then the festival has developed into a star-studded annual event. It even draws celebrities who have nothing to do with movies, including Paris Hilton, and Redford isn’t too happy about that.
Redford added that her hard-partying friends have made Sundance “not as much fun” as it used to be.
“There are too many people who come to the festival to leverage their own self-interest,” the Oscar-winning actor/director added.
Redford had more to say about the media and how the festival has grown into an annual event where celebrities come for the freebies. “We were… besieged by the ambush mafia,” he explained. “Fashion houses would come in and they would take over the houses on Main Street and pay three times the rent to get the space. Then they bring celebrities in to give them free stuff.”
“Then the recession hit and those people went away. And now we can focus again,” he added.
During Redford’s panel discussion, he also covered conservative criticism of the festival and violence in movies. He noted that discussion of violence in the industry is “overdue.”