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The Sundance Question: What Did You Sacrifice to Make Your Film?

Each year, Filmmaker asks the Sundance Film Festival feature directors a question about their filmmaking process. We then compile any and all of the directors’ feedback and bring it to our readers courtesy of our “Sundance Responses.”

This year we asked:

“What did you sacrifice to make your film?  Or, did your film itself have to make a significant sacrifice in order to be produced? And, looking back, how do you value that sacrifice now?”

We’ll upload the responses individually, the day of each film’s premiere. So, as the festival progresses, click the links below. The Sundance Film Festival is being held in Park City, Utah from January 17th to the 27th.

The Summit | Producer/Director Nick Ryan

Pandora’s Promise | Director Robert Stone

Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes | Director Francesca Gregorini

God Loves Uganda | Director Roger Ross Williams

Escape From Tomorrow | Director Randy Moore

Austenland | Director Jerusha Hess

Newlyweeds | Director Shaka King

The Crash Reel | Director Lucy Walker

The Gatekeepers | Director Dror Moreh

Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer | Co-Director Mike Lerner

Fire in the Blood | Director Dylan Mohan Gray

Soldate Jeannette | Director Daniel Hoesl

The Stuart Hall Project | Director John Akomfrah

The Spectacular Now | Director James Ponsoldt

Shopping | Directors Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland

Stories We Tell | Director Sarah Polley

Mud | Director Jeff Nichols

Jiseul | Director Muel O

Inequality for All | Director Jacob Kornbluth

What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About Love | Director Mouly Sury

Valentine Road | Director Marta Cunningham

Toy’s House | Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts

I Used to be Darker | Director Matt Porterfield

It Felt Like Love | Writer/Director/Producer Eliza Hittman

The Lifeguard | Director Liz W. Garcia

kink | Director Christina Voros

In a World… | Director Lake Bell

Blood Brother | Director Steve Hoover

Manhunt | Director Greg Barker

A Teacher | Director Hannah Fidell

Fill the Void | Director Rama Burshtein

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints | Director David Lowery

99% – The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film | Co-Director Aaron Aites

C.O.G | Director Kyle Patrick Alvarez

Citizen Koch | Directors Tia Lessin and Carl Deal

This is Martin Bonner | Director Chad Hartigan

Hell Baby | Directors Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant

Which Way is the Front Line From Here? | Director Sebastian Junger

In Fear | Director Jeremy Lovering

The Moo Man | Director Andy Heathcote

Life According to Sam | Directors Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine

American Promise | Directors Michèle Stephenson and Joe Brewste

Gideon’s Army | Director Dawn Porter

Pit Stop | Director Yen Tan

There Will Come a Day | Director Giorgio Diritti

Narco Cultura | Director Shaul Schwartz

The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman | Director Fredrik Bond

A River Changes Course | Director Kalyanee Mam

When I Walk | Director John DaSilva

Afternoon Delight | Director Jill Soloway

Ass Backwards | Director Chris Nelson

The Rambler | Director Calvin Lee Reeder

Very Good Girls | Director Naomi Foner

A.C.O.D. | Director Stu Zicherman

Big Sur | Director Michael Polish

Sweetwater | Directors Logan & Noah Miller

Muscle Shoals | Director Greg “Freddy” Camalier

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