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“The Secret Ingredient Was Institutionalized Love and Compassion”: Director James Redford | Resilience


In every film, there is the story that you knew you were telling, the story the audience perceives. But there is always some other story, a secret story. It might be the result of your hidden motivations for making the film, or, instead, the result of themes that only became clear to you after you made the movie. It might be something very personal, or it might be a story you didn’t even know you were telling. What is your film’s secret story?

Our core concern in making Resilience was to popularize the dangers of chronic stress on the developing child. It’s a a sad reality. It’s also a health crisis with health-based solutions waiting in the wings. However, as I got to know the teachers, researchers and pediatricians working to protect children from this toxic stress, I realized that the secret ingredient was institutionalized love and compassion and the teachers, researcher and doctors that populate Resilience are living examples of that.

[PREMIERE SCREENING: Friday, January 22 at 11:30am — Prospector Square Theatre]

Sundance Responses 2016

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