Robert Redford Thanks Baja California
The American actor and director Robert Redford expressed thanks for the hospitality he received while on set in Baja California for his new movie "All is Lost".
In a meeting with the state's governor José Guadalupe Osuna Millán, the filmmaker said that during his two month stay in Tijuana and the surrounding area, he enjoyed many regional attractions and sampled the local cuisine. Redford complimented Baja's lobster dishes and well-known wines, though he said that his favorite Mexican food is enchiladas, enjoyed with "a good tequila".
Redford said that he felt safe during his stay, and he hopes to encourage more tourists to come to Baja California by speaking of the many wonderful things he had experienced there.
The filmmaker grew up in Los Angeles "surrounded by Mexican families", and he said that that experience nurtured his love of the country, and fostered an appreciation for Mexico's history. He plans to recommend to colleagues that they consider Baja California as a location for film production, citing the warm and festive Mexican spirit and extremely welcoming treatment he's always received in Baja California.
Baja California Norte governor José Guadalupe Osuna Millán thanked Redford for having selected the state as the location of his first film in 15 years. Osuna Millán said that the film will generate economic benefits for the state, and will help improve its image.
The governor invited the filmmaker to attend the Tijuana Innovadora 2012 conference, and Redford said he would check his agenda and do what he could to be present.
"All is Lost" director J.C. Chandor was at the meeting, as were the film's producers Anna Gerb and Neal Dodson, and Tijuana film commission members.