Robert Redford Hypocrite, a short film produced and directed by Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer, exposes Robert “Sundance” Redford’s environmentalism as little more than a tap dance, perhaps designed to endear himself to wealthy Hollywood liberals, especially ones who might buy one of his exclusive $2 million dollar lots for a luxury vacation home near his Colorado Utah ski resort. Unfortunately, genuine environmentalists should probably not apply. That might run down the market price, making it harder for Redford to cash in.
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In Hypocrite, it’s the development of eco-friendly housing near Redford’s Napa Valley vineyard that has him removing the welcome mat for genuine environmentalists. Contrary to his now long-in-the-tooth image as the Sundance Kid,when Redford’s financial interests are threatened by genuine environmental projects, he looks to be more Butch NIMBY*, than Butch Cassidy.
Redford is one of the main opponents of a plan by the Pacific Union College to build an eco-village in Angwin California. The college says it needs the funds because of a dire financial situation. The village is close to Redford’s vineyard in the Napa Valley. However whilst publicly opposing this development “to preserve the rural heritage” Redford has been quietly selling development lots in the Sundance Preserve for $2 million. These lots are intended for vacation homes close to Redford’s Sundance Ski Resort.
The double standard is revealed in a short film Robert Redford Hypocrite which has just been released.
*NIMBY (Not in my back yard)