2010 Heartland Institute Workshop and the Art of Collaboration  

Claire Norton, Director of Heartland Institute

As we wrapped up the 2009 Heartland Film Festival we realized the common sentiment among nearly each filmmaker discussing his or her films’ success was the importance of collaborating with others during the filmmaking process.  With that in mind, in 2010 we embarked on developing a Heartland Institute Workshop that embraced the theme of collaboration on multiple levels.  We wanted aspiring filmmakers to not only walk away from our workshop with insights into honing specific aspects of their craft, but also wanted them to walk away with an appreciation for and inspiration about what they can do with a team of fellow filmmakers.

The 2010 Heartland Institute Workshop is just around the corner (mark your calendar for October 18!) and we’re excited to have been able to achieve just what we set out to do.  Past Institute presenter Elliot Kotek will be kicking the morning off with his discussion on using social media to make and promote films.  Past festival award winners Gustavo Ron and Frank Kelly will chat with Elliot as well as the three of them explore the value of collaboration on their most recent project, experimental documentary and 2010 Official Selection, 140.

Two more presenters will follow Kotek, building on the theme of the day.  Official Selection filmmaker Chip Hackler will present on the collaborative process of making his short film Two Hours in the Dark, which tells a fascinating story about Frank Capra.  Then Award-winning filmmaker of The Road Home, Rahul Gandotra and co-author of Third Culture Kids: The Experience of Growing Up Among Worlds, Ruth E. Van Reken will discuss how the making of The Road Home has lead them to focus on collaborating in the future.

And guess what. It doesn’t stop there.  During lunch a panel made up of 2010 Award-winning and Official Selection filmmakers will answer audience questions on topics ranging from writing, directing, producing and much more.  Panelists Elliot Kotek, Gustavo Ron, Andie Redwine, Storme Wood and Sultan Sharrief are sure to cap off a full day of inspiration and insight by sharing their filmmaking experiences in way that’s certain to keep filmmakers motivated and working away at their next film.

Can’t wait to see you there!