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Indie Film Q & A with Heidi Van Lier: Why the f*** didn't I get into Sundance?!!!

7 December 2009 11:23 AM, PST | Film Independent | See recent Film Independent news »

A: Yes, it's that time of year: rejection season. So of course, it's time to run down the reasons why we, the rejected, can't really be upset about it in the end. (Yes, I also got an email from Sundance this week saying that I had not been accepted to the festival.)

Here are the facts in list form, a support group of sorts, so you can pick up, move on, and realize there's always next year, and there's always your next film, and there are always other festivals.

Just because you didn't get in doesn't mean Trevor Groth and John Cooper didn't like your film. In fact, they may have loved it, even tried to find a way to program it, but in the end just couldn't find a spot for it. Sundance got close to 10,000 submissions this year and only accepted 200. You're not alone. There may have been »

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Indie Film Q & A With Heidi Van Lier: Do we have anything to be thankful for as indie filmmakers?

30 November 2009 1:03 PM, PST | Film Independent | See recent Film Independent news »

A: Yes we do, and here's my list!

1. We don't have to answer to a team of people who want to tell us how to screw up our movie "their" way. We can screw up movies all by ourselves.

2.  There are plenty of new distribution models out there that are made just for us.

3. The success of Precious and Paranormal Activity gives us all an inflated sense of hope.

4. Film Festivals. And more film festivals. And then festivals in other countries.

5. Swag; however minimal, it is for us at the bottom of the totem pole, it's still fun to get free stuff and feel kinda special for 5 minutes.

6. The Spirit Awards. Hello? A whole cool awards show just for us?

7. Sagindie

8. Actors who just want to work on cool stories and don't mind sitting on a curb or changing at Starbucks.

9. Film festival parties. Where else can we see people »

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Indie Film Q & A With Heidi Van Lier: Are there any tricks for Park City that we should know now before Sundance and Slamdance?

20 November 2009 10:11 AM, PST | Film Independent | See recent Film Independent news »

A: Yep. Here they are... Rent a condo, fill it with your team. Split the cost if you have to. The deeper in town you stay, the more expensive. It's totally possible to find housing once the festivals have announced. If you're not planning on going anyway, it should be ok to wait to book a place. Some people do book months in advance to be sure though. Stay as close to Main Street as you can get for your budget. There's a shuttle for Sundance, don't rent a car. Half the people you want to meet will be on the shuttle with you. If you have any time, Ski or Snowboard. No one is skiing during this week. Mind you, if you have a film there you Should Not Have Any Time. Volunteer. Both festivals need volunteers every year. Get in touch, and see if you can help. »

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Indie Film Q & A With Heidi Van Lier: Who is Drea Clark and what does she know?

12 November 2009 7:04 PM, PST | Film Independent | See recent Film Independent news »

A: I first met Drea Clark in 1998 when I heard I'd been accepted to the 1999 Slamdance Film Festival. I think she was 12 at the time (no not really), and as much as she is my sister in crime, she is also a great source of general knowledge about festivals. She ran the Mvpa and their awards show for many years, then in 2006 moved up at Slamdance to become the executive director, festival producer and chair of feature programming. As of this year she became involved with La Film Festival and their volunteer program as well as running music video programming.

She is my friend, but I want you to know about her because you will all need her at one point or another as she knows everyone in indie film and she is just good at getting everything done always.

Thought I'd ask her a few questions that might help »

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Interview with the directors of the documentary "Dirt: The Movie!" by Heidi Van Lier

16 September 2009 9:48 AM, PDT | Film Independent | See recent Film Independent news »

For DocuWeek I had the chance to screen the enlightening film Dirt: The Movie! Here's a little interview with directors Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow for your reading pleasure.

Heidi: Before we start, let me say that I am really glad I got to see your film. I keep up on eco-issues, I own two hybrids, feed my kid organically as often as possible, am a vegetarian, all that, but your film was an incredibly fresh and eye-opening take on so many issues.

Sure, I knew about the disappearance of the bees, about water issues, and deforestation, but I'd never even thought about the dirt. So thank you for the education.

First Question: What initially inspired you to make this film? 

Bill: Thanks for the questions and your interest and appreciation of our film. The start of my answer would have to be in two parts: 1. My mother, Dorothy Cullman, »

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