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Sundance Features

January 18, 2007

Caran Hartsfield, King

"Expectations? I just want to see the film finished."

(This feature is part of an ongoing series of Reeler profiles of New York films and filmmakers at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Click here for a complete list of this year's interviews.)

I was reading the short synopsis in the program: "The older woman in apartment 3B has unusual plans." That could mean anything.

I left it sort of vague on purpose, because for the first minute, you don't really know what's happening. Now I have to decide: Am I going to release the secret?

You don't have to give me a spoiler or anything. Any narrative clues? Or would even that ruin it?

Yeah, either you tell it or you don't, that's basically what it is.

Well, then I don't want to... Well, OK. Go ahead.

A 65-year-old woman basically decides to [SPOILER REDACTED].

Oh. Wow. So. Well. Have you been to Sundance before?

Not as a filmmaker. I've been to the writers and directors labs a couple of years ago.

But you have some festival experience, and you've been screening your stuff for audiences for a while. And having had a little bit of acclimation to Sundance, how are feeling about King going there?

I'm really excited. I'm actually having an incredible Sundance year. My feature script Bury Me Standing just won the NHK Award, so my producers are very happy right now. I haven't really soaked it in. I just finished up the script last week, I'm still in the middle of post, so it's not quite real to me yet. My actor and I were just talking about this; we can't wrap our heads around it yet. We just have to finish making the film and then we'll get it.

Wait a second. King isn't finished yet?

King isn't finished. We're in post right now. We picture locked last week, actually.

So it's Jan. 5. What were you working on today?

Sound design and music. We just did an ADR session with the actor yesterday.

So you don’t even have time to worry about nerves or anything like that right now.

Not yet; it's a blessing in disguise. It's freaking me out actually, but it's a blessing that I can't even process that part right now.

So having been to this and other festivals, how does the filmmaker experience compare as you know it?

I think what I like most about Sundance is that it's very laid back. You don't feel quite as... I don’t know. There's just a very casual atmosphere I very much appreciate. That would be the main thing, but I'm trying to find a better word than casual... A relaxed atmosphere, where you can just enjoy the films and not worry about anything else.

Do you have any expectations about the festival experience for you and your film?

Expectations? I just want to see the film finished.



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