Last updated: January 23, 2013 - 1:55am
Violence in entertainment isn't just a topic for Washington this week -- it's also on the mind of Sundance Film Festival organizers.
Days after a White House Task Force on Gun Violence led by Vice President Joe Biden met with a group of Hollywood executives, Robert Redford, who helped found the Sundance Film Festival, admitted he himself questions the industry's emphasis on violence. "I think it's absolutely not only appropriate, but overdue, to have a dialogue" about violence on screen, the filmmaker said Thursday at a news conference kicking off the 10-day long annual event. "When I was driving along the street the other day in L.A., I saw two billboards where guns were featured prominently ... with a pleasant, happy-looking young couple.... My thought was: 'Does my industry think guns will help sell tickets?'" However, Keri Putnam, the festival's executive director, said last year's shootings in Aurora (CO) and Newtown (CT) did not prompt organizers to rethink this year's Sundance slate.
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