Sundance Film Festival


I have arrived in Park City, Utah where I am attending the largest U.S. film festival, Sundance. Robert Redford started Sundance Film Festival to premier independent films and to celebrate the artistic side of film. Along with Cannes, Sundance is now one of the major events for film industry executives, actors and producers. The setting isn’t bad either. I have never been to Salt Lake City or Park City, but wow! Park City is absolutely beautiful. It is a small cute village with many restaurants, cafes and stores surrounded by white cap mountains that descend right into the heart of the city.

I feel really honored to be here. I’ve wanted to come for some time, but I never felt that I had any credibility to be here. For the first time and by the funny grace of God, I feel like I finally have something to offer the conversation. I am here with my friend John Seel and Matt Duncan who partner with me in leading a growing discussion among cultural leaders about the importance of film and television in creating culture and cultural values. We believe in the power of film to create worlds that are beautiful, true, good and just. We are here with some young film makers and actors to discuss those ideas and how we can partner with those in New York, Los Angeles and other locations to inspire new “cultural leaders” who will use film and television for social and human good. If you want an example of the kind of artistic work that we wish to inspire, go see the film “Juno”.

I also am here to promote our initiative at Pepperdine and to find potential donors and advisers for our work. I am staying in a beautiful chalet home in Park City, and the family that is hosting me is incredible. One is successful sculptor and the other is an artist. We shared our first meal at Robert Redford’s restaurant Zoom. I had a lovely spinach salad with a Gorgonzola dressing, prosciutto, and walnuts. I came back and hung out with the guys staying at my house who are actors and producers. We had a great conversation, and I look forward to many new ideas and friends from this inspiring and beautiful place.

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