Thursday, May 14, 2009

Robert Redford Brings Sundance to New Mexico - Big News!

New Mexico’s film industry is getting some more star power, courtesy of Robert Redford.

The actor and director joined Gov. Bill Richardson Thursday to announce an initiative called Sundance in New Mexico.

Redford founded the Sundance Institute in Utah in 1981. The nonprofit organization fosters the development of original storytelling for film and theater. It is known internationally for its artistic development programs for directors, screenwriters, producers, film composers, playwrights and theater artists.

Sundance will partner with the Department of Cultural Affairs and the New Mexico Film Office to create and expand upon training programs in film, the arts and the environment. The programs will target American Indian and Hispanic filmmakers.

Sundance New Mexico will be based at Los Luceros, a 148-acre ranch complex north of Española. The Department of Cultural Affairs bought Los Luceros last year from the family of Frank and Ann Cabot, relatives of Mary Cabot Wheelwright. . .

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