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November 7, 2013 12:49 PM
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Sundance Institute to Honor Glenn Close at New York Benefit

The Sundance Institute will present Glenn Close with its Vanguard Leadership Award at next year's annual 'Celebrate Sundance Institute' benefit on June 4 in New York. Close is an Emeritus Trustee of the Institute and has served as a Creative Advisor at the Sundance Labs.

Robert Redford, President & Founder of Sundance Institute, said in statement, "Glenn recognized early the need to support independent artists, and she brought to our Board her vision and dedication for doing so. Her contributions to independent film are remarkable and varied, and she continues to build a body of work that inspires other artists."

Close added, "I am deeply honored to be receiving the Vanguard Leadership Award from Sundance Institute. The Institute is like none other in the world and continues to have a profound impact on all aspects of independent storytelling. Filmmakers who create astounding and original movies against the odds continue to inspire me and give me the courage to believe in what I think is worth the fight."

Roger Ebert was last year's recipient.

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