Actor-director Robert De Niro on Sunday
attended the premiere of a film at the Sundance Film Festival about
his gay father.
De Niro attended the screening of the
film Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr.
The senior De Niro, who died in 1993 in
New York at the age of 71, was an abstract expressionist painter of
the post-World War II era.
The film documents the life of the
painter thorough his son's eyes.
“I did this for him,” De
Niro said during a Sundance panel following the film's premiere.
“I wanted my younger kids – who were born after he died – to
know what their grandfather did. I even kept his painting studio
intact so they could see it.”
Director Perri Peltz explained that the
film also explores “the entire art world of the time.”
HBO will broadcast the film in June.