Last night we were fortunate enough to host the talented Will Allen, director of the 2016 Sundance select film Holy Hell about Allen’s personal experience of being in a spiritual cult, and uncovering some of the dark and disturbing realities from the inside out.
The movie screened the night before as part of the Utah Film Center program.
As we’ve done in the past, we teamed up with Utah Film Center and Doc SLC to provide a night of conversation with the local Utah filmmaking community and Allen himself. These conversations tend to go into much more depth than a typical Q&A one gets privy to at a festival screening. In traditional Utah Film Center Artist Foundry style, we like to get down to the nuts and bolts of what makes a filmmaker tick and how they get their film through the grueling threshold of production and distribution.
Being able to speak candidly with a filmmaker about the trials, challenges, and victories they experienced is an invaluable resource to new filmmakers. These are the kinds of details that you don’t get in any other scenario, the sorts of things filmmakers can’t say aloud at a screening where producers may be present.
We’ll continue to work with Utah Film Center and Doc SLC to provide face-to-face contact with visiting filmmakers willing to share valuable tips with our film community and those smart enough to listen and participate.