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In the Hills for Sundance

Institute celebrates 30th year

How did the Sundance Institute choose remote Franklin Canyon Ranch as the place to hold its first-ever fundraiser in Los Angeles?

“I got arrested here once,” joked Robert Redford, “but we won’t go into that.”

He’s come a long way from roaming the canyons of Beverly Hills, and so has his Utah-based institute, which is celebrating its 30th year.

For the fete, Sundance board members Christine Lahti and Jeanne Donovan Fisher joined Sundance alumni Clark Gregg, Lisa Cholodenko, Cary Fukunaga and newcomer Brit Marling, whose pics “Sound of My Voice” and “Another Earth” recently unspooled at Sundance. “They took us in. One day we were really alone, and next we had a family,” she said.

Regarding the party locale, Sundance’s Wally Weisman commented, “We tried to replicate the mountains down here, and we’ve come very close.”

Only one problem: Serenaded by Fitz and the Tantrums, one partygoer spoke for all when he wondered, “How the hell do I get back to the Westside from here?”

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