Gala rewards risky behavior

Politics enter filmmakers' circle of discussion

Corporate, studio and indie players rubbed shoulders Thursday under the sweltering dome of Gotham Hall during the Sundance Institute’s third annual “Risk-Takers in the Arts” gala.

Robert Redford was on hand to honor filmmakers Todd Haynes and Errol Morris, scribe Walter Mosley and Hewlett-Packard’s Carly Fiorina.

Award recipients spent as much time talking politics as they did about Sundance.

“The real risk-takers today are the young men who are being drafted into this bankrupt and illegal war we’re fighting,” offered Mosley.

“As a filmmaker, I have to say that my films pale next to the job that needs to be done to secure something better in Washington for the future,” added Morris.

Haynes, meanwhile, talked about how Sundance — and Redford personally — intervened to help legitimize his 1991 film “Poison” after conservatives attacked it for homosexual content.

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