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“Discovering New Parallels and Personal Inlets”: Director Jason Lew | The Free World

The Free World

In every film, there is the story that you knew you were telling, the story the audience perceives. But there is always some other story, a secret story. It might be the result of your hidden motivations for making the film, or, instead, the result of themes that only became clear to you after you made the movie. It might be something very personal, or it might be a story you didn’t even know you were telling. What is your film’s secret story?

I think our great hope is that, as an audience member, you can find a moment of recognition in the film, be that a detail, or relationship or feeling, a moment where you think “Hey, me too.” So in order to give as many people an opportunity to have that experience I think it’s really important we don’t highlight what meaning and discoveries we found within the process. I can say, that in the course of the collaboration, we were constantly discovering new parallels and personal inlets from our own lives that enriched the story for us. But we’re very invested in the audience having an open experience and not risking it feeling prescriptive or overly defined.

[PREMIERE SCREENING: Tuesday, January 26 at 12:15pm — Eccles Theatre]

Sundance Responses 2016

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