The 2012 Levantine Award Winner Robert Redford

From his headquarters in Houston, Texas, Jamal Daniel oversees operations at Crest Investment Company, in addition to serving as the founder of Levantine Films. Beyond financing and aiding in the development of movies through Levantine Films, Jamal Daniel instituted the annual Levantine Award to recognize the contributions of important figures in the film industry. Robert Redford received the 2012 Levantine Award.

A veteran actor and director, Robert Redford has starred in classic films including “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “Out of Africa.” However, he received his greatest acclaim as a director, earning an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for his debut film “Ordinary People.”

Away from work, Redford supports environmental causes and went on to found the Sundance Institute. Since 1981, the Sundance Institute has supported artistic expression in theater and films while offering theater artists the opportunity to engage in conversations with their audiences. A non-profit organization, the Sundance Institute hosts the yearly Sundance Film Festival, which often provides much-needed exposure for lesser-known films.

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