Robert Redford steps back as the face of Sundance Film Festival

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PARK CITY, Utah – Robert Redford sent shockwaves down Main Street on Thursday when he announced that he’s stepping back as the face of Sundance Film Festival, which he founded in 1978.

The Oscar-winning director took the stage at Park City’s Egyptian Theatre for the usual opening-day news conference. But rather than sit down for a Q&A and discussion with Sundance organizers and filmmakers, he kept his introduction brief before exiting.

“I think we’re at a point where I can move on to a different place,” said Redford, 82, dressed casually in a leather jacket and jeans. “The thing I’ve missed over the years is being able to spend time with the films and the filmmakers.”

“I’ve been spending a lot of time introducing things but I don’t think that the festival needs a lot of introduction anymore,” he added.

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