THE HORSE WHISPERER
ROBERT REDFORD (Directed by/Producer/Tom Booker) has won wide acclaim for his work as a producer, director, actor, champion of independent film, and environmentalist
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ROBERT REDFORD (Directed by/Producer/Tom Booker) has won
wide acclaim for his work as a producer, director, actor, champion
of independent film, and environmentalist. Touchstone Pictures'
"The Horse Whisperer" is the first film he has directed
in which he also stars.
Redford won the Best Director Academy Award® for his feature
directing debut on the intensely emotional family drama "Ordinary
People." He was also nominated for an Academy Award®
for directing "Quiz Show." As an actor, he received
an Academy Award nomination for his performance in "The Sting."
He has also directed and produced "The Milagro Beanfield
War" and "A River Runs Through It," and served
as executive producer and narrator of a documentary about the
Native American activist Leonard Peltier, which was released in
1992 by Miramax.
He recently produced the forthcoming "The Slums of Beverly
Hills" and "A Civil Action," and has been executive
producer for "The Dark Wind," "Some Girls,"
"Promised Land," "The Solar Film," and the
recent telefilm "Grand Avenue," as well as the feature
"She's the One," which was the first completed film
from his recently formed production company, South Fork Pictures.
A strong advocate of independent filmmaking, Redford founded the
Sundance Institute in 1980, an organization "dedicated to
the support and development of emerging screenwriters and directors
of vision and to the national and international exhibition of
new American independent cinema." The Institute is also the
sponsor of the annual Sundance Film Festival, which takes place
every winter in Park City, Utah. From its modest beginnings, the
Festival is now the most important venue for the presentation
of independent films in the United States.
Born in Santa Monica, California, Redford attended the University
of Colorado on a baseball scholarship, only to leave school after
two years to travel through Europe, studying art in Paris and
Florence. He continued his art studies when he returned to the
United States, enrolling at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. At
the suggestion of an instructor, Redford later moved to the American
Academy of Dramatic Arts, where a passion for acting superseded
his interest in pictorial art.
A small part on Broadway led to roles in several major live television
dramas, and, in 1961, he made his feature debut in "War Hunt."
Later that year, he starred in his first Broadway show, "Sunday
in New York," which was soon followed by "Barefoot in
the Park." It was the film version of "Barefoot in the
Park," in which he starred with Jane Fonda, that first brought
him both public and industry notice. Films that followed included
"Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here," "Little Fauss and
Big Halsey," and "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,"
which established him as a star.
Redford went on to portray an array of characters in a spectrum
of films, many from his own production company, Wildwood Enterprises,
which he founded in 1968. Under the Wildwood banner, Redford starred
in "Downhill Racer" and "The Candidate," and
he produced and starred in "All the President's Men."
Other film roles include "Jeremiah Johnson," "The
Way We Were," "The Sting
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