By lance weiler, October 9th, 2008

This edition of TCIBR is brought to you by IndieFlix- Lance Hammer took the industry by surprise earlier this year when he walked away from a traditional distribution deal with IFC. His film, Ballast had all the makings of a Cinderella story – dramatic competition slot at Sundance, critical acclaim, audience favorite, awards for Best Direction for a Dramatic film and another for Excellence in Cinematography. But changes in the market left Hammer considering a different path. In our discussion Lance explains what lead to his decision to self distribute, what he’s learned in the process and what he’ll be doing differently in the future.


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For those in NYC make sure to checkout Ballast this weekend at Film Forum. Later this month Ballast will be expanding its theatrical run to select cities.

For more on Ballast visit www.ballastfilm.com</a

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lance weiler is the founder of the WorkBook Project and also a story architect of film, tv and games. He's written and directed two feature films THE LAST BROADCAST and HEAD TRAUMA. He's currently developing a number of transmedia projects

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  • It's about a women on the way to enter a cloistered convent who gets tangled in a hostage situation and is challenged to "love her enemy" no matter what is done to her. I'm trying to write edgier Christian fare. I think that market is a good market for lower budget films... actually it mandates lower budgets in order to get a return. I think there is a large segment of Christians not getting films they would enjoy, i.e., films above a G rating. I've written a Christian horror flick, action flick, I'm working on the idea mentioned above and I have a teen flick I have to write and a broad comedy.

    Christian films is a niche market and, even though the big boys are entering the fray (Fox Faith, Weinstein Company, etc.) I still believe that there's an opportunity to be a bigger fish in that smaller pond.

    Can't wait to hear the next session. It's EXACTLY what I need to learn.

  • Very cool - best of luck with the new script. What's it about? Next week our converstation will focus on fundraising and what goes into a business plan. Thanks for listening!

  • Another great conversation. The part when discussing finding a location you have access to and utilizing it to the fullest extent actually inspired me to start writing a script I had in my mind for the past few months. Thanks for the inspiration!

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