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The Sundance Question: What Fear Did You Confront in the Making of Your Movie?

Each year Filmmaker asks all the incoming feature directors at Sundance one question. This year, our question revolves around fear. Specifically, what fear — whether it’s personal, or one related to the development, financing, production or distribution of your film — did you have to confront and conquer in the making of your movie?  (To see past years’ questions and responses, click here.)

We’ll upload the responses individually over the course of the festival. So, as the festival progresses, click the links below. The Sundance Film Festival is being held in Park City, Utah from January 22nd to February 1st.

“The People Behind the Crimes”: Directors Frida Barkfors & Lasse Barkfors | Pervert Park

“I’ve Been in Shootouts”: Cartel Land | Director Matt Heineman.

“The Director is the Film’s Immune System”: How to Change the World | Director Jerry Rothwell

“Much of What We Do is Spycraft”: Racing Extinction | Director Louie Psihoyos

“Fear Will Keep Me Cool and Calm”: The Chinese Mayor | Producer Qi Zhao

“The Party Had So Often Been Misportrayed”: The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution | Director Stanley Nelson

“Dread, Trepidation, Anxiety and Misery”: Meru | Directors Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin

“We Brought the Fear, He Brought the Loathing”: Best of Enemies | Directors Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon

“Making a Film is All About Balancing your Fears”: Ivy | Director Tolga Karaçelik

“As Always, Love Conquers Fear”: Princess | Director Tali Shalom Ezir

“Would I Have Worked for Twelve Years On It All For Nothing?”: Strangerland | Director Kim Farrant

“The Israeli Public Will Find it Hard to Confront our Misconduct”: Censored Voices | Director Mor Loushy

“We Didn’t Have the Skill or Experience”: Sembene! | Directors Jason Silverman and Samba Gadjigo

“Unrealistically High Hopes versus Soul Crushing Fears”: Operation Artic | Director Grethe Bøe-Waal

“I Never Expected It Would Go This Far”: The Amina Profile | Director Sophie Deraspe

“Motivation Has Been a Quiet Saving Grace”: Lila & Eve | Director Charles Stone III

“Would I Have Worked for Twelve Years On It All For Nothing?”: Strangerland | Director Kim Farrant

“There is Good Fear and Bad Fear”: The Hallow | Director Corin Hardy

“My First Feature Film Since My Children were Born”: How to Dance in Ohio | Director Alexandra Shiva

“You Can Make Films with No Money, No Support, No Talent”: Chorus | Director Francois Delisle

“Trying to Play, More or Less, ‘By the Book’”: Results | Director Andrew Bujalski

“Intimacy: I Do Everything I Can to Avoid It in my Personal Life”: Sleeping with Other People | Director Leslye Headland

“You Will Come Through This”: Dreamcatcher | Director Kim Longinotto

“There is Always a Lot of Pressure to Keep Your Main Character Likable”: Advantageous | Director Jennifer Phang

“We Began Production with No Money in the Bank”: Knock Knock | Director Eli Roth

“I Can’t Imagine Just Leaving Behind an Ugly Corpse and an Unpaid University Debt”: Sam Klemke’s Time Machine | Director Matthew Bate

“You Might As Well Enjoy the Ride”: 3 1/2 Minutes | Director Marc Silver

“Inexpensive Garbage and Free, Filthy Snow”: Ten Thousand Saints | Directors Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman

“Being Brave Doesn’t Mean You Aren’t Scared”: Unexpected | Director Kris Swanberg

“Your Vision or Idea Must Have Stamina”: The Visit | Director Michael Madsen

“I Look Forward to Finding More Fears to Address”: Z For Zachariah | Director Craig Zobel

“Did I Waste Everyone’s Time?”: Songs My Brothers Taught Me | Director Chloé Zhao

“The Worst Four Letter Word that Torments My Favorite Four Letter Word: Hope”: Seoul Searching | Director Benson Lee

“I Want to Direct Films, But Can I Actually Do It?”: Christmas, Again | Director Charles Poekel

“In Dreams I am Completely Helpless as a Director”: A Walk in the Woods | Director Ken Kwapis

“Everyone was Armed in a Nearly Ghost-Town”: Welcome to Leith | Directors Michael Beach Nichols and Christopher K. Walker

“Working Hard, Hustling, Getting Rejected but Picking Yourself Up Again”: Zipper | Director Mora Stephens

“This Fear Wasn’t Based Upon the World’s Obsession with Kanye and Kim”: The Bronze | Director Bryan Buckley

“It Felt Important to Not Shy Away from the Stories that Scare Us”: The Diary of a Teenage Girl | Director Mari Heller

“I Will Work Through Some Issues I’m Having While Dreaming”: Reversal | Director J.M. Cravioto

“My First Feature Film was Shot in Seven Days”: Glassland | Director Gerard Barrett

“I Have a Fear of Long Hours”: Hellions | Director Bruce McDonald

“The Film Just Won’t Be Good Enough”: Brooklyn | Director John Crowley

“I Worked Diligently and Kept At It”: Cronies | Producer/Editor/Writer/Director Michael J. Larnell

“My Confidence was in the Dumps”: Bob and the Trees | Writer/Director Diego Ongaro

“I Might Actually Be Documenting Larry’s Passing”: Larry Kramer in Love & Anger | Producer/Director Jean Carlomusto

“Pressure’s a Choice”: I’ll See You In My Dreams | Director Brett Haley

“We Were Going to Climb on Top of a 300-Foot, High Voltage Pylon”: The Summer of Sangaile | Director Alanté Kavaïté

“Big Names Add Value. I Can Dig That”: Fresh Dressed | Director Sasha Jenkins

“Ideas Just Disappeared”: Cloro | Director Lamberto Sanfelice

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