Independent Filmmakers in Connecticut

Dec 3, 2012

The Sundance Film Festival just announced this year’s lineup - and it’s a record year for women. Eight of the sixteen films are directed by women, the most in the festivals 33 year history - the first time the entries have been split between male and female directors. So maybe females in the industry are making strides, but it’s still a hard road for independents of any gender.

Today, we’ll take the pulse of the filmmaking scene here in Connecticut - with a panel of movie makers (male and female). They’re making films here in the state, they’re finding creative ways to get funding, and they’re supplementing their film careers with teaching gigs on the side. Next fall Sacred Heart University is starting a Masters Degree program in Film and TV. They hope to create a new hub for aspiring filmmakers here in the state. But what’s the incentive for young people to get into the biz?

We’ll also hear from Sarah Burns, who with her father, documentarian Ken Burns just released a film about the Central Park Five. She’ll be at Central Connecticut State University tonight.