‘The Real Celebrities,’ as compiled by Sundance
April 30, 2010
Sundance Film Festival organizers have compiled a list of who they consider to be "The Real Celebrities" who traveled to Park City in January for the festival, weighting the group toward politicians, activists and a Nobel Prize winner.
Sundance officials submitted the list to City Hall as part of a report that focuses on the operations of the festival, the media coverage in January and other issues. The report was distributed to Mayor Dana Williams and the Park City Council in anticipation of a review of this year’s festival and a discussion about next year’s edition.
Some of the people Sundance put on the list of "The Real Celebrities" included:
Muhammad Yunus, the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 and a leading figure in the fight against world poverty.
Barbara Boxer, a Democratic senator from California
Gavin Newsom, the mayor of San Francisco
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Lester R. Brown, the president of the Earth Policy Institute, a think tank dedicated to devising blueprints for global economic and environmental programs.
Amy Goodman, who is with the news program Democracy Now!
Jose Munoz, the chair of the performance studies department at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University
Naomi Klein, an author and journalist who authored The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
Michele Norris, a National Public Radio journalist
Robert Redford, the founder of the Sundance Institute, also made the list of "The Real Celebrities" at Sundance in January. Redford is a fixture at the festival.
"The Real Celebrities" list does not include the many famous actors and actresses who were in Park City with Sundance films. Some of the stars who were seen in Park City in January included Tommy Lee Jones, Joan Jett, Ben Affleck, Katie Holmes and Dakota Fanning. The list also excludes the celebrities who came to the festival without a film being shown.
The Sundance organizers have long tried to downplay the celebrity-heavy nature of the festival, suggesting the crowds instead delve further into the movies. Sundance created a ‘Focus on Film’ campaign to widen the interest of festival-goers in the movies.