The Changing Role of the Actor in Independent Film

There has been a shift in the role of actors in the creative process. They are now involved in all facets of the development of a film, from script input to having a say on the set to even directing and producing. While there are very few stars who can "open" a movie, there are a number of actors whose commitment to a project guarantees financing. This trend in independent films can be traced to more available interesting roles, lack of parts for women and minorities in Hollywood films, or simply the chance to bolster a career with more challenging material. In this panel, some of the actors attending the 1999 Sundance Film Festival discuss their evolving place in the independent world. This panel is sponsored by RKO Pictures.

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