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Park City, Utah -- Everybody wants a piece of Robert Redford. Young filmmakers talking him up for advice on the street. The stewardess on an airplane who mentions her son has this idea. The guy with a videotape under his arm who looked so grungy Redford thought he was a panhandler.

That last one turned out to be Edward Burns, who talked Redford into taking a look at a little sibling comic drama he had written, directed and starred in. Redford watched it, sent it on to the folks at his Sundance Institute for independent film, and Burns' "The Brothers McMullen" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1995.

And so another career was born at Sundance, the festival Redford launched in 1985 in a single theater with a couple of dozen films. Opening Thursday for its 11-day run, Sundance now is home to 119 feature films, dozens of short movies, panel discussions, »


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