A Hollywood Icon Headlines Celebrity Forum 2014
One of the most significant actors, directors, and environmentalists of the last half-century will be headlining the 2014 Middlesex Community College Celebrity Forum - Robert Redford!
Redford, who has starred in dozens of iconic Hollywood roles beginning with his co-starring role in the 1969 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, will be headlining for MCC at the 16th outing of Celebrity Forum on Friday, June 20, 2014. Tickets for the event, which will be priced at $65 and $45, will go on sale on November 29, Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, through the Lowell Memorial Auditorium. For more info, you can also visit the college's Celebrity Forum web page at www.middlesex.mass.edu/CF14
MCC President Carole Cowan said the college was both thrilled and honored to have an actor and activist of Redford's caliber step into the Celebrity Forum spotlight.
"Mr. Redford certainly carries the star power with his Hollywood pedigree," said Cowan. "But it's his inspirational leadership in taking on causes that help preserve our natural resources, and his championing of the art of independent filmmaking that have helped define him as an icon of our generation."
Besides his role as the Sundance Kid, Redford is also best known for his leading roles in other Hollywood roles in films like the Sting, The Way We Were, the Great Gatsby, All the President's Men, the Candidate, and the Natural.
His solo tour-de-force role in the newly released All is Lost is winning him Oscar buzz, and he will also be starring in next April's Captain America Sequel, the Winter Soldier.
Among the causes Redford supports are Greenpeace, the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, the James Redford Institute for Transplant Awareness, and the Sundance Institute. In 1981, he also founded the Sundance Film Festival.
Cowan said the timing of Celebrity Forum's 2014 speaker's visit is fortuitous for the college, since it just received confirmation of $11 million dollars in funding to help fund the renovation of the old Boston and Maine railroad depot, which is going to serve as the home for the college's new academic arts building, including a theater.
"For several years, we have been looking to expand the arts programs at the college, and will finally be able to do so with the restoration of the Boston and Maine," Cowan said. "It's our hope that Mr. Redford's visit will help cultivate even more enthusiasm for the burgeoning arts scene not just on our campuses, but in the Lowell region."
Once again, the TJX Companies, Inc., will be the presenting sponsor for the Celebrity Forum, as they have been for all 16 years of the fund-raiser.
"The enduring support of the TJX Companies, along with our many other sponsors and friends, is what allows us to draw national and international speakers to Greater Lowell to interact with our extended community," Cowan said.
For information on how to become a sponsor at next year's Celebrity Forum, please contact MCC's Dean of Advancement, Dennis Malvers, at 781-280-3514.