ShoWest Visionary for Redford


Robert Redford will receive a special ShoWest Visionary Award this month at the convention's opening-day luncheon at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel.

Redford, who has supported the independent film movement through the Sundance Film Festival and the Sundance Channel, entered the exhibition arena in 2006 with Sundance Cinemas, which operates theaters in Madison, Wis., and San Francisco.

Sundance Cinemas CEO Paul Richardson will present the award to Redford at the event, which will focus on specialty and independent films and distribution companies.

ShoWest runs March 10-13.

"A supporter of uncompromised creative expression and a proponent of bringing independent and specialty fare to theaters and television audiences, Robert Redford has in his own way helped expose the moviegoing public to numerous unknown filmmakers and actors," ShoWest co-managing director Mitch Neuhauser said.

Before the lunch, ShoWest will screen "Hamlet 2," which Focus acquired at this year's Sundance festival.

ShoWest is produced by the Entertainment Group at Nielsen Business Media, the parent company of The Hollywood Reporter.