Thursday, December 29, 2005

Filmmaker Calling Sundance A Joke And Robert Redford A Thief

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A filmmaker who has not been able to get his work into the Sundance Film Festival is calling Robert Redford a liar and thief.

Back in 2002, filmmaker Ken Costanza submitted a film titled Above the Sunrise and an entry fee to Sundance and received a rejection letter within a week.

Confused as to why his 1950s-themed, black and white love story made for $761 was rejected, Costanza called the Sundance people repeatedly and came to the conclusion the film was never viewed.

He fumes, “How can Robert Redford feel like he’s helping independent filmmakers?”

Though the selection committee couldn’t specify who screened his film, he points out, “They didn’t have any problem depositing my check in their bank account.”

He speculates Sundance pulls in “millions” thanks to all those entry fees ranging from $35 to $100, making this “non-profit” film festival profitable for people like Redford.

Even though Costanza calls Sundance “a joke,” he’s hoping to get his newest movie, The Bombers – “a 1950s black and white drag racing film” – in this year’s festival.

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