Two-time Academy Award winner and founder of the Sundance Film Festival Robert Redford will deliver the commencement address at Colby on Sunday, May 24, at 10 a.m. Redford is known for his roles in films including All the President’s Men, Barefoot in the Park, The Natural, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

During the past 30 years Redford has devoted much of his time to supporting independent films. “I think his most important contribution to cinema has been his Sundance Institute, and not just the film festival, but the support it’s provided for independent filmmakers and especially for theaters that show independent films,” said Associate Professor of Cinema Studies Steven Wurtzler.

The local film community hopes Redford’s presence in Waterville will help showcase central Maine as an area with deep appreciation for independent movies.

“We consider Waterville to be a hub for independent film in the state,” said Shannon Haines, executive director of the Maine Film Center. “Between the film festival and Railroad Square Cinema and Colby cinema studies, we’re really growing as a center for film. It’s really exciting to have someone of his caliber here in Waterville to see what’s going on here.”

The Colby community is excited about Redford coming to campus as well. “He’s pretty legendary,” said Peter Barkey-Bircann ’18.

See also this Colby press release and coverage by the following media:

Bangor Daily News

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