For me, one of the most gut-wrenching moments of my life comes during the 10 seconds of blackness sitting in a theater before my film is about to screen. Sometimes it gets so bad I want to run out of the theater and vomit... but so far I haven't. Maybe my biggest fear is that people will hate it, but then in reality, some people are of course going to hate it, and as a filmmaker you can't please everyone. I'm learning this! Nevertheless, when someone says something nice, it really feels good.

This was recently posted by Adam K, in review of the 2009 LDS Film Festival:

Mind the Gap by Kristal Williams-Rowley and Marcy Holland
This was the winner of the competition, and deservedly so. It centers on Sara, the daughter of a railroad engineer whose train is the weapon in a classmate's suicide. Sara struggles to deal with her feelings of bitterness towards the dead girl and her sense of injustice at the victimization (not for the first time) of her father, who copes with his own feelings by keeping a collection of small items found on the bodies of the people he has hit. Not only does this film reveal some startling statistics about the railroad industry, it openly confronts some difficult issues that are not often addressed simply because they are not obvious. The storytelling is superb. I was left feeling unsure whether this was a purely fictional film or a docu-drama. The film is beautiful, difficult, and in the end, uplifting.


http://ldscinema.blogspot.com/2009/06/in-review-ldsff-09-part-8-short-films.html
Thank you Adam!!

 


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