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2014 Sundance “Trading Cards” Series: #22. Sydney Freeland (Drunktown’s Finest)

2014 Sundance "Trading Cards" Series: #22. Sydney Freeland (Drunktown's Finest)Eric Lavallee: Name me three of your favorite “2013 discoveries”…
Sydney Freeland: Her (Film), The Newsroom (TV), The Legend of Korra (TV)

Lavallee: Could you discuss what kind of visual strategy you had in place what were you looking to achieve with your dp Peter Holland? Freeland: This is interesting. The original influence for the film was Amores Perros and we talked quite a bit about using this as reference for a visual style (handheld, kinetic). That was our basically our game plan going into production, but we found that film wanted to be much quieter and static than that. It’s a testament to Peter’s skill because he was able to recognize that and adapt accordingly.

Lavallee: We all know how Robert Redford is a support system of his own with the festival and institute but here he took an extra, unusual step in becoming an executive producer. Could you perhaps clue us into his motivations for supporting in the project.
Freeland: Well, I think a lot of if stems from his familiarity with the Navajo Reservation. Our first conversation about the script was great because he was so familiar with the locations and people on the rez. It was a little surreal because he is such a film icon but yet we were just talking about small reservation towns that nobody else would know about. He really seemed to take an interest in the story and its characters.

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2014 Sundance "Trading Cards" Series: #22. Sydney Freeland (Drunktown's Finest)

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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