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Independent Filmmakers Lounge Interviews at Sundance 2014

The Independent Filmmakers Lounge was a central hub for filmmakers at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. To bring you the inside scoop, we interviewed the event producer Daniel Thompson, Actor Producer Vincent De Paul ("House of Cards") and GRAMMY Winner Ty Herndon.

GRAMMY Winner Ty Herndon and Goody Awards Liz H Kelly at Independent Filmmakers Lounge at Sundance 2014
GRAMMY Winner Ty Herndon and Goody Awards Liz H Kelly at Independent Filmmakers Lounge at Sundance 2014
Lyman Winn
Actor Producer Vincent De Paul ("House of Cards") receives Hero Goody Award necklace for being a global citizen at Sundance 2014
by Liz H Kelly

When we spoke to the Daniel Thompson (Power and Industry), he explained, “Our idea is to bring together producers and directors into one location. I came up with the idea about five years ago when I was at Sundance for the first time, and I thought there’s a lot of celebrity lounges, but there’s nothing for producers and directors to get together.”

Actor Producer Vincent De Paul ("Walk a Mile in My Pradas”) had just returned from the Opening Day Press Conference where Robert Redford kicked off the 30th Sundance Film Festival. During our interview with Vincent, he shared how he brought up at the press conference that even though Robert Redford did not receive an Oscar nomination for “All is Lost,” he saw him receive a standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival.

When asked about making a positive difference through film (which is one of the main goals of the Sundance Film Festival), Vincent added, “I take my lead from a great Director/Producer Stanley Kramer (“It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World”)…He was a director who changed peoples opinions on different issues like ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner’ with Sidney Poitier and Katharine Hepburn about acceptance. If I can do that with my work, I’m happy.”

Our next interview with GRAMMY Winner Ty Herndon was a blast. He was there to perform at the lounge during the “off season” for country music. We shared laughs about Blake Shelton, the new Nashville, and artists he admires most, including Wynonna Judd, Reba McEntire and Roy Acuff.

When asked about the “New Nashville”, Ty explained, ““Nashville has always been the hub of country music and songwriting, but Hollywood’s come to town and it’s great. The success of the TV show ‘Nashville’ has brought a lot of people and a lot eyes on us.”

Ty’s top hit 'What Mattered Most' went all the way to the top with a GRAMMY and CMA Country Song of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. Along with this hit, Ty has been on the Grand Ole Opry 26 times, had four number ones, and 17 billboard top singles. And P.S., he's a funny, nice guy who is single! Thank you Ty, and special shout out to Lyman Winn for filming our interviews. You can watch our Ty Herndon interview here: VIDEO

Many thanks to the sponsors Cumulus Media (B98.7 broadcasting live from the lounge), Shades by GAL (Grace Ann Long makeup and fashion), Xi3 (brand new rendering system, aka modular computers), and Snap Daddy’s BBQ Sauce.

And as we headed out, Daniel shared this recommendation, “If I can offer any advice for someone making a film, meet everyone. You may not like them, but at least meet them. You never know what kind of relationship you can build.” And Sundance is an awesome place to meet like-minded artists. We’re still digging out from all our content and emails.

© Liz H Kelly, National Digital Entertainment Columnist and Goody PR

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