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Catching up with AFI FEST 2012 Filmmaker Roger Hayn

Can you briefly summarize your short film INTRODUCING BOBBY?

The film might best be described as a collage-form character portrait of an individual in conflict with himself.

How did this story come to you or what was the inspiration that began this journey?

I’ve always referred to myself as a ‘sensation enthusiast’ and I’m fascinated by the concept of character. I’m mainly attracted to characters in a state of psychological turmoil who experience an intense variety of emotions. Bobby is a complex character who exists in territory that’s unfamiliar to a lot of people, which is exactly what I’m inspired to make films about. Overall, I aimed to tell a story about a troubled personality who I identify with and also admire in many ways. 

Telling a full/complete story in a small amount of time is an art. Can you talk about the challenges in the cutting room and discuss the challenges and advantages of making shorts?

When I finished filming I had nine hours of footage and three additional hours of unlabeled audio recordings. It was a nightmare. I have a tendency to lose focus on a project if I don’t complete it immediately so I spent roughly 40 hours cutting up and assembling everything in a dark windowless room. I operated on practically no sleep. By the time I was done I hated the film and never wanted to see it again. Luckily that changed after a while. As for making shorts - I think they just require you to be more concise with what you’re trying to express. They require you to think in terms of what can be made ultimately gratifying within a compressed period of time. There are unique freedoms within those restrictions, so it’s all about adjusting the way you approach narrative.

You mentioned during your stay in Los Angeles that AFI FEST was the only festival you officially submitted to. Why is that?

I’m going for quality over quantity with the festival screenings. I’d prefer it only be exhibited a few times by festivals with strong reputations. I think the film is better left as something intimate and, though I’d like for it to reach an audience, I’d rather not jam it down anyone’s throat. I might screen one or two more festivals but no more than that. Also, I’m filming a new short in early 2013 and always try to focus on new projects instead of lingering on old stuff.

What are some of your AFI FEST 2012 highlights? (Events you attended, people you met.)

I generally avoid film-making circles because I find myself as an artist benefiting from a certain amount of isolation. It also allows me to cherish situations where I do actually interact with other filmmakers, such as at AFI FEST. Coming to LA and mixing with nothing but film people for five days was in itself one giant highlight. I also loved meeting the AFI programmers and staff, who I can’t thank enough for inviting me to the festival. 

Awards Season recognition for AFI FEST filmmakers

As Awards season approaches, AFI FEST 2012 Official Selections have begun collecting awards.  Here is a list of the AFI FEST films that have gotten major recognition already.

AFI Awards

LIFE OF PI

LINCOLN

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

Spirit Award nominees

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Female Lead, Best Male Lead)

THE LONELIEST PLANET (Best Director)

STARLET (John Cassavetes Award, Robert Altman Award)

THE COLOR WHEEL (John Cassavetes Award)

THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE (Best Documentary)

AMOUR (Best International Film)

RUST AND BONE (Best International Film)

WAR WITCH (Best International Film)

ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA  (Best International Film)

SAG Award nominees

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (Best Leading Actor, Best Leading Actress, Best Supporting Actor)

LINCOLN (Best Leading Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress)

RUST AND BONE (Best Leading Actress)

HITCHCOCK (Best Leading Actress)

THE IMPOSSIBLE (Best Leading Actress)

 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards

AMOUR (Best Picture)

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (Best Actress)

HOLY MOTORS (Best Foreign Language Film)

LEVIATHAN (The Douglas Edwards Experimental/Independent Film Video Award)

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

LINCOLN (Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress)

THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE (Best Non-Fiction Film)

AMOUR (Best Foreign Film)

Congratulations to all our recognized filmmakers, we look forward to following your continued success as awards season progresses.

AFI FEST 2012 Films Nominated for Golden Globes

Congratulations to all the AFI FEST 2012 films that have been nominated for Golden Globes!

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
LIFE OF PI
LINCOLN

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Marion Cotillard, RUST AND BONE
Helen Mirren, HITCHCOCK
Naomi Watts, THE IMPOSSIBLE

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Daniel Day-Lewis, LINCOLN

BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Jennifer Lawrence, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
Maggie Smith, QUARTET

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Bradley Cooper, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
RISE OF THE GUARDIANS

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
A ROYAL AFFAIR
AMOUR
KON-TIKI
RUST AND BONE

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Sally Field, LINCOLN

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Tommy Lee Jones, LINCOLN

BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE
Ang Lee, LIFE OF PI
Steven Spielberg, LINCOLN

BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE
Tony Kushner, LINCOLN
David O. Russell, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

AFI FEST Filmmakers Nominated for Independent Spirit Awards

We are so proud that many talented filmmakers who attended AFI FEST 2011 & 2012 have been nominated for Independent Spirit Awards!

Best Feature
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (AFI FEST 2012)

Best Director
Julia Loktev - THE LONELIEST PLANET (AFI FEST 2011)
David O. Russell - SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (AFI FEST 2012)

Best Screenplay
David O. Russell - SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (AFI FEST 2012)

John Cassavetes Award
THE COLOR WHEEL - Alex Ross Perry & Carlen Altman (AFI FEST 2011)
STARLET - Sean Baker (AFI FEST 2012)

Best Male Lead
Bradley Cooper - SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (AFI FEST 2012)

Best Documentary
THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE (AFI FEST 2012)

Best International Film
AMOUR (AFI FEST 2012)
ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA (AFI FEST 2011)
RUST & BONE (AFI FEST 2012)
WAR WITCH (AFI FEST 2012)

Robert Altman Award
STARLET - Sean Baker (AFI FEST 2012)

Someone to Watch Award
ELECTRICK CHILDREN - Rebecca Thomas (AFI FEST 2012)

Truer Than Fiction Award
LEVIATHAN - Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Verena Paravel (AFI FEST 2012)
ONLY THE YOUNG - Jason Tippet & Elizabeth Mims (AFI FEST 2012)

Black & White Nights - Day 8 or… “That’s a Wrap!”

Black & White Nights - Day 7

Photos from Day 7 of AFI FEST presented by Audi.

Photos from the Election Night Party held on Day 6 of AFI FEST presented by Audi at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, CA on Nov. 6, 2012

Director Kim Ki-Duk at a Q & A on PIETA with Lane Kneedler, AFI FEST Associate Director of Programming.

Day 4, Fall Back … and Spring Forward!

We hope you all set your clocks back last night, got an extra hour of sleep, and are ready for a full day of AFI FEST screenings!

Our Gala tonight is RISE OF THE GUARDIANS in 3D, an epic adventure that spins the tale of a group of heroes, each with extraordinary abilities.

Grauman’s Chinese Theatre
6925 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028

Media check-in: 2:00 p.m.
Red carpet arrivals: 3:00 p.m.
Program begins: 4:00 p.m.

Our Special Screenings for today:

THE IMPOSSIBLE is a powerful story based on one family’s survival of Thailand’s 2004 tsunami.

Media check-in: 7:15 p.m.
Red carpet arrivals: 8:00 p.m.
Program begins: 8:30 p.m.

QUARTET is an ambitious debut drama from Dustin Hoffman about a birthday concert for Verdi at a home for retired opera singers.

Media check-in: 7:45 p.m.
Red carpet arrivals: 8:30 p.m.
Program begins: 9:00 p.m. (at the Egyptian Theatre)

ROOM 237 delves into the symbols and motifs in Stanley Kubrick’s THE SHINING.

Media check-in: 7:15 p.m.
Red carpet arrivals: 8:30 p.m.
Program begins: 9:00 p.m.

Expected appearances: RISE OF THE GUARDIANS in 3D (Alec Baldwin, Peter Ramsey, Christina Steinberg, Nancy Bernstein, William Joyce, Jackson Brundage, Max Charles, Carlos Knight and Ryan Potter); THE IMPOSSIBLE (Ewan McGregor, J.A. Bayona, Sergio G. Sánchez and Belén Atienza); QUARTET (Dustin Hoffman); ROOM 237 (John Fell Ryan, Rodney Ascher and producer Tim Kirk).

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