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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  • What an interesting path from idea through to completion and success. Her insight into not allowing other peoples value system of "what should be important to you vs. what is really the reason you make" movies was wonderful. I'm impressed, given the whirlwind of the Oscar experience, that she had the foresight to pull back and realize it so clearly.

    And, without intentionally sounding like a suck up, thanks for your continued open source approach to film making. If I had any success worthy of mention at this point, I would approach sharing of knowledge the same way :)

    What I like the most is that these interviews are allowed to grow organically as they are not forced to fit into a television interview time frame/format. And this allows the filmmakers to effectively express themselves with as much detail as they feel is required. Great stuff. I feel like I'm getting a free film making lesson every week!

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