Robert Redford calls Newfoundland 'a special place' in clothing catalogue

HALIFAX -- For the second time in a week, an American celebrity has offered welcome insights into Newfoundland from afar.

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Actor Mindy Kaling told her 6.2 million Twitter followers on Jan. 26, "You pronounce Newfoundland like 'understand,' according to my friend who just shot a movie there," delighting residents long frustrated at outsiders who get it wrong.

Now Robert Redford has emerged with a paen to the province in a message contained in the Sundance Catalog, which sells clothes and other items in association with Redford's Sundance film festival in Utah.

His message reads, in full: "Newfoundland: a landscape not commonly found, where green roofs are abundant and roads less travelled. A special place, with a feeling of new discovery. I've often heard it said by some, that the meaningful connection to a sense of place is lost, so 'I'm heading for Newfoundland."'

Redford has a message in each edition of the catalogue, which Calvin Reeder, vice-president of retail for Sundance Holdings, said Tuesday are written by Redford himself.

The site sells a "Newfoundland sweater coat," and Reeder said the Sundance Catalog did a photo shoot in Newfoundland for the edition.

While Redford would not have attended the shoot, "I'm sure he's been" to the province, Reeder said, adding the 79-year-old Academy Award winner likes places without crowds.


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