Trying to figure out how to wow the powers that be and get past the Hollywood gatekeepers is a full-time job. One way for your film to fly is to impress Drea Clark. Former teacher of music video production at USC, Drea has curated for film festivals like Slamdance, Sundance, LA Film Fest, and Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival. She produces too so she knows firsthand what it takes from both sides. We’ll talk about what she looks for, what makes for a great festival run, and what makes a film a winner.
Here's lots more info on Drea, her IMDB, Film Independent, and her Instagram. Here's more on her films: The Last Time You Had Fun, Lake Los Angeles. Her festival work includes Slamdance, Sundance, LA Film Fest, and Geena Davis' Bentonville Film Festival.
We talk about filmmaker Maggie Kylie, Clarissa Jacobson's Book on navigating film festivals, resources like Film Freeway, PageCraft's Writer's Lunch, and a previous Hearthside Salon episode about what art might come out of this pandemic.