Let me state on the record that I think it is great that Robert Redford made a pile of money in the movie business, built a resort in the Utah mountains and can afford host the winter tradition of the Sundance Film Festival when Hollywood’s best and brightest stars descend each year on Utah’s trendiest ski town Park City to see the latest indie films. Redford earned his cash fair and square and can do with it what he wants as far as I’m concerned. And also for the record, I really liked him in “Butch Cassidy And the Sundance Kid” and “All The Presidents Men”.
And I like Park City. The people are nice, there are interesting stores, cool art galleries, and great restaurants. But it is expensive. My wife and I only go there for a weekend on special occasions, such as our anniversary for which we set money aside.
So let me add that despite living about 90 minutes from Park City, I certainly can’t afford to attend the Festival. Many Utahns can’t. it’s a pricey proposition and most of us in the Beehive State don’t have the kind of scratch it takes to rub elbows with the tinsel town elite. I don’t know if it is 99 percent of us that can’t afford to go, but most of us can’t swing it. We have time clocks to punch, loads to haul, jobs to do, children to feed, and bills to pay. So as tempting as it might be to savor the crisp mountain air in one of the hottest towns in the west with the folks who grace the pages of Variety, it just isn’t a reality for the majority of us.
Sundance isn’t a reality for most of us here.
The article on Fox News quotes Mr. Redford as saying "We show stories of what people in America are really dealing with, and really living with, against a consequence of having a government that’s let them down," Redford said. "People can come and say, ‘God, at least we’re seeing how people are really living in America, and what they’re up against.’ We square away on the 99 percent."
Well, okay, I think it is fantastic that Sundance wants to show the stories of what people in America are really facing. But what would be equally, if not more fantastic is if Mr. Redford would come and hear the stories of the Uintah Basin.