Amy Goodman Talks to Robert Redford

Amy Goodman from Democracy Now! interviews actor, film maker, and environmentalist Robert Redford. The following video clips were filmed at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

Robert Redford on Republican Climate Change Deniers and Keystone XL

Our conversation begins with last week’s vote by nearly half of the Senate to refuse to formally acknowledge the existence of man-made climate change. ‘I think the deniers of climate change are probably people who are afraid of change. They don’t want to see change,’ Redford says. ‘Too many in Congress are pushing us back into the 1950s.’ He also responds to the attempt by the new Republican majority in Congress to approve construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. ‘I had a lot of experience with oil,’ he says noting that he once worked in the oil fields. ‘I think it should stay in the ground. We’re so close to polluting the planet beyond anything sustainable.’

Robert Redford on Founding the Sundance Film Festival

We speak with… Sundance Film Festival founder Robert Redford about the festival’s history, now celebrating its 31st anniversary… We also discuss the festival’s efforts to promote women, people of color and young people – on both sides of the camera. This comes as the latest ‘Celluloid Ceiling’ report from researchers at San Diego State University has found men directed 93 percent of the 250 highest-grossing films of 2014. Women directed just 7 percent, a decrease of 2 percent compared to 1998.

Robert Redford Explores Aging in ‘A Walk in the Woods’

Acclaimed director and actor Robert Redford discusses his new film premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, A Walk in the Woods, in which he co-stars with Nick Nolte. It is a comedy about walking the Appalachian Trail – and getting older… He also talks about his plans to play former CBS news anchor Dan Rather in the upcoming political drama, Truth, based on Rather’s 2005 memoir about how he was fired after reporting that George W. Bush received special treatment in the U.S. Air National Guard during the Vietnam War.

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.


  • I did not know all this information about Robert Redford being such a champion of the Environment.. I found a new level of respect for him. I am so looking forward to see his two upcoming films. I have been so enjoying your blog.

    • Thank you for your kind words! Redford is something else, very firm convictions. I also look forward to his new films, especially ‘A Walk in the Woods.’ I once thought of hiking the Appalachian Trail myself. Redford and Nolte together… probably comedy with a lot of heart tugs.

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