Episode 30

Published on:

29th Jan 2021

Sundance Festival with Director Erin Vassilopoulos, Producer Benjamin Cohen, and Producer Alex Orlovsky

Director Erin Vassilopoulos, Producer Benjamin Cohen, and Producer Alex Orlovsky discuss independent filmmaking now and "then", how these passion projects actually get made and what happens when your film gets into Sundance during a global pandemic. 

Vassilopoulos' film "Superior," produced by Cohen, is her Sundance feature debut. It is based on a short film that premiered at Sundance in 2015. The film follows Marian, a woman on the run, as she returns to her hometown in upstate New York to hide out with her estranged identical twin sister, Vivian. Struggling to put the past behind her, Marian lies about the reason for her return, leaving her sister in the dark until their two worlds begin to collide.

Orlovsky, a 10+ film veteran of Sundance, produced "John and the Hole," a nontraditional coming-of-age story, set in the unsettling reality of John, a kid who holds his family captive in a hole in the ground. 

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Film Roundtable
Film Roundtable is an open exploration with celebrated industry professionals to discuss the filmmaking process and to consider the path forward in the post COVID world.
Film Roundtable was to created as space for artists in the industry to talk openly and freely about what is present for them at this unprecedented moment in time. Most of us have found ourselves, until just recently, in a sort of worldwide, collective pause. We have had an abundance of time to be quiet, to go inside ourselves, to listen, but most importantly to imagine the change we want to see in our own lives and careers as well as for the collective as a whole. A quality of life greater not just for ourselves but for all. As image makers, many of us with voices that are heard around the world, to really begin to envision how we use our platform, our art, to create change for a greater good; a kinder and more just world.