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Robert Redford: Independent/Visionary


Walker Dialogue and Retrospective

“The art of making a film and its content are far more interesting to me than the result or impact. Of course, you hope it has impact. … I want an audience to be fascinated by the process of finding an answer, or finding out there isn’t one.” —Robert Redford

Celebrate the career of Robert Redford as a director, actor, activist, and leading advocate for independent cinema when he comes to the Walker this November. On Wednesdays, the retrospective will showcase Redford’s acting and directing achievements, including such classics as George Roy Hill’s The Sting and Redford’s Academy Award–winning directorial debut, Ordinary People. The retrospective continues on weekends with a tribute to the legacy of Sundance Institute, which Redford founded. This series features extraordinary works of independent cinema, including Charles Burnett’s phenomenal To Sleep with Anger and new classics such as the dynamic musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The program culminates with a conversation between Redford and film critic Amy Taubin, a leading writer on independent cinema, on November 12.

Redford began his career in theater and television before moving to feature films; he emerged as a major star in 1969 with the release of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, his first on-screen collaboration with Paul Newman. He went on to star in the political hits The Candidate and All the President’s Men, but it was the 1972 sleeper-hit Jeremiah Johnson, shot on location in Utah, which inspired his lifelong commitment to environmental activism and independent cinema.

In 1981, motivated by the potential of independent film, Redford set up Sundance Institute, which hosts labs for artists as well as the Sundance Film Festival. For the past 35 years the institute has continued to be a key platform for creative and underrepresented filmmakers. The 1980s also marked the beginning of his career as a director. A visionary who has transformed American cinema, Redford continues to advocate for imaginative young filmmakers, new voices, and environmental consciousness.

Ticket On-Sale Dates

Tickets to screenings go on sale August 16.

Tickets to the Dialogue with Robert Redford and Amy Taubin (November 12) will be allocated by random drawing. Limited quantities. Walker members and the general public can register for a chance to purchase two tickets on the following schedule:

  • Walker members: September 27, between 11 am and 1 pm Central Time
  • General public: September 30, between 11 am and 1 pm Central Time

Redford Dialogue Ticket Giveaway

Series pass-holders may enter to win two tickets to the Dialogue on November 12! Just provide your e-mail address at the time of purchase of a Redford #AtTheWalker or Sundance Film Festival #AtTheWalker Pass. Students can enter with the purchase of a ticket to any screening. Winners will be chosen at random and will be contacted on November 4; Dialogue tickets must be confirmed/claimed by November 9.

Series Passes

Save with a series pass—a great way to see more films in the Walker Cinema. Purchase any pass and be entered to win two tickets to the Walker Dialogue with Robert Redford (November 12). Passes can be used by one person per film and are nontransferable.

  • Redford #AtTheWalker Pass: $25 ($20 Walker members students, and seniors)
    See all 9 films as part of this series highlighting Redford’s career as actor and director.

  • Sundance Film Festival #AtTheWalker Pass: $25 ($20 Walker members, students, and seniors)
    This pass includes 16 featured films from Sundance Institute and Film Festival.

  • Both Passes: $50 ($40 Walker members, students, and seniors)
    Purchase both passes for unlimited screenings to the entire Robert Redford retrospective. (Note: Tickets to the Dialogue are not included in the passes and must be purchased separately.)

Redford #AtTheWalker

  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, George Roy Hill
  • Jeremiah Johnson, Sydney Pollack
  • Downhill Racer, Michael Ritchie
  • Quiz Show, Robert Redford
  • Ordinary People, Robert Redford
  • All the President’s Men, Alan J. Pakula
  • The Candidate, Michael Ritchie
  • All Is Lost, J.C. Chandor
  • The Sting, George Roy Hill*

Sundance Film Festival #AtTheWalker

  • Blood Simple, Joel and Ethan Coen
  • Parting Glances, Bill Sherwood
  • Smoke Signals, Chris Eyre
  • Pariah, Dee Rees
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild, Benh Zeitlin
  • Me and You and Everyone We Know, Miranda July
  • El Norte, Gregory Nava
  • To Sleep With Anger, Charles Burnett
  • Sin Nombre, Cary Joji Fukunaga
  • American Dream, Barbara Kopple*
  • Certain Women, Kelly Reichardt*
  • River of Grass, Kelly Reichardt
  • Primer, Shane Carruth
  • The Blair Witch Project, Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez
  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch, John Cameron Mitchell
  • The Babadook, Jennifer Kent

*Free screenings

Walker Members Get More

Not yet a Walker member? Join today to gain access to the member presale, plus enjoy a year of free gallery admission, entry to the annual Film Independent Spirit Awards screenings, and much more.

Want to increase your odds of attending the Dialogue? Walker Film Club members have the first opportunity to purchase tickets. Call 612.375.7652 or e-mail filmclub@walkerart.org to join and receive early ticket access and advanced reservations to screenings as well as invitations to special film events all year long.

About the Walker Dialogue and Retrospective Series

The Walker Dialogue and Retrospective Series brings together some of the most innovative and influential filmmakers of our time with leading critics, writers, and historians. It provides an intimate space for directors and actors to discuss their creative process, influences, and body of work. Punctuated with film clips, anecdotes, and personal insights, these conversations take place in the state-of-the-art 340-seat Walker Cinema. In addition to the dialogue, a retrospective of the filmmaker’s work is shown, which sometimes includes screenings of rare and archival prints along with newer digital projections.

Since the inaugural dialogue between Clint Eastwood and Richard Schickel in 1990, the series has hosted many guests, including international directors, American masters, independent visionaries, artists, auteurs, and leading screen actors in discussion with writers and critics who help shape the way we think about contemporary film.

Funding

This Dialogue and Retrospective program is made possible by generous support from Anita Kunin and the Kunin family.