Hellion | Director Kat Candler
Attention, our audience’s and our own — it’s a valued commodity these days. We struggle to command our audience’s attention, for them to discover our work and then, once they’ve discovered it, to actually focus on it. Meanwhile, we struggle to focus our own attention, to fight our society’s weapons of mass distraction so we can not just see our work to completion but fully discover the meanings within it. What role does attention play in your work? Can you discuss an instance where you thought about some aspect of attention when it came to your film?
I’m the kind of filmmaker who if I could make movies in a vacuum, I totally would. It protects the process and, I think, a filmmaker’s sanity. So as we set off to make Hellion last summer, we tried to keep things quiet and under wraps. It wasn’t until Deadline announced our cast did friends pipe up with, “You’re making a movie? And with Aaron Paul and Juliette Lewis?” By that point, we’d been in southeast Texas for two months and were a week away from wrapping the film. It felt good to come out on the other end and be like, “Look what we did on our summer vacation. We made a movie!”
[PREMIERE SCREENING: January 17 at 2:30 pm – Library Center Theatre, Park City]