Oliver Stone Gets Political — and Light-Hearted — During Film Festival Interview

Say what you will about Oliver Stone, he's a heck of a good sport.

The recipient of this year's Founder's Directing Award from the S.F. International Film Festival was feted last night in the big house at the Sundance Kabuki Theatres with an onstage interview that tilted more toward politics than film. That much was expected. Unexpected were the bemusement, grace, and light humor. They're traits we don't associate with Stone, yet he used them to field an array of absurd comments and queries from the audience, from a kooky screenplay pitch about the 1970 Kent State shootings to a solicitation of his opinion on sustainable gardening in Santa Monica. (“When are we going to get our 40 acres and a mule?”)

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