(2) “Beach Rats”

The podcast of Director Eliza Hittman on indiewire talking about her experiences at Sundance was very interesting. her main topic of conversation is why a directors sophomore Sundance film can be more difficult than the first.  The most challenging part seems to be peoples expectation of what is to come. Although her first film was a festival success, it was not a box office success and did not have a name cast that would attract a certain level cast. The main thing I found interesting from Eliza’s podcast is how much impact the non profit support helped her come back with her second film. This real life example shows how important it is to support filmmakers ideas/creativity rather than forcing them to develop ideas, which in turn would rush the process of creativity. The time in between a directors first festival success and second is crucial to be surrounded by people who support them and believe that they can make another success.


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