By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire January 29, 2013 at 1:17PM
As is the case every January, Park City played host to a crop of filmmakers and actors with work in the Sundance Film Festival. This year saw stars like Amanda Seyfried and literary icon David Sedaris stop by in Utah, as well as up-and-comers like "Cutie and the Boxer" director Zachary Heinzerling and "A Teacher" breakout Lindsay Burdge. Indiewire was on the scene to chat with them and a slew of other talent who made their mark at the event. Below, find our full roundup of interviews from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
"Lovelace" Star Amanda Seyfried on Nudity and Why She Still Considers "Mean Girls" Her Best Work
Quote: "I don’t really have any interest in people seeing my vagina. It’s just a personal thing. I don’t mind seeing other people’s vaginas. I guess I’m just insecure in that way."
David Sedaris Goes To Sundance: "It was painful to be reminded of how pretentious and horrible I was."
Quote: "It's one thing for me to be portrayed in a movie, or for me to be an unsympathetic character in a movie. But it's another thing for, say, my sister Lisa. She didn't necessarily sign up for that."
Quote: "There aren’t a lot of films about adolescents or quote-unquote coming-of-age films that are realistic nowadays. This is a really truthful birds'-eye look at what it’s like to be in high school right now."
Kristen Bell Discusses Her Sexy, Smile-Free Performance In "The Lifeguard" (and the End of "Gossip Girl")
Quote: "But I feel particularly proud of this project because we genuinely did it for nothing. We didn't have trailers or anything. We had one van we'd rented from an AVIS or something to get us all around. We all shared a house and I dyed my hair in the sink every couple weeks. It was very much a passion project and I feel very proud that it's here and being showcased."
Brit Marling and Ellen Page Deconstruct "The East" and Explain Why Robert Redford is an "Anarchist Thinker"
Quote: "When Robert [Redford] came up with the idea, it was actually super fucking anarchist. To do labs in the middle of Utah in show and bring these young filmmakers out here? I remember him telling me stories about how his agent and manager were like, ‘You lost your mind! You’re being offered the biggest film roles in your career and instead we can’t get a hold of you because you’re out in Utah dragging people off the ski lifts to come see films they never heard of before at the Egyptian...'" -- Marling
Lake Bell Wants to Vanquish "Sexy Baby Talk" Via Her Directorial Debut "In a World..."
Quote: "The best advice I ever got about writing was, 'What do you want to see next? What do you want to talk about?' The conversation to me in the film that I like to look back to is the cultural conversation of this vocal virus that I think is infecting female generations: sexy baby talk."
"Escape From Tomorrow" Director Randy Moore Says "I'm a Product of Disney World"
Quote: "The story came first. I had this feverish month of crazy writing and I wrote three scripts in a month. This was the second script I wrote. I hadn't directed anything since college and I wanted to direct something I wrote. I thought this would be the easiest one to direct. I was so wrong."
Quote: "Well, I always know that Nick’s going to be great. I’d read the script so I kind of knew what was required. I was surprised about that scene where you have intercourse on camera with that other actress." -- Mullally
Robin Weigert On Playing a Lesbian Housewife Gone Wild In "Concussion"
Quote: "I've been asked in a couple interviews if I did research on sex work. And I was like, 'God, no.'"
Killer Films' Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler Dish on Their Sundance Slate and Discuss How the Festival Has Changed
Quote: "Look, when you go to Sundance, you want your movie to be one of those lightning rod movies that everybody's talking about. The amazing film about a film festival is how the rest of the world falls away. Everything is just about the movies. And then of course all the business, what sold for what." -- Vachon
"Ain't Them Bodies Saints" Director David Lowery Explains Making More Accessible Movies and Why He Can't Stop Editing Them
Quote: "We called it a drama, a melodrama, a thriller. We have all of those elements. 'Drama' has unfortunately become a dirty word. I resent the market for doing that. Dramas are incredibly compelling."
Chad Hartigan, Writer-Director of the NEXT Audience Award Winner, "This is Martin Bonner"
Quote: "The idea came from real life. When he was 55, my dad had to move to Virginia for a job. He was divorced. I was worried about him, bored and lonely and sad. How he would even go back to doing it, making friends? I realized no movies took that approach to that age group. The job he had was with a prison fellowship company. The more I worked on the script, the more it made sense to include a character that had the same experiences. All the specifics with the actual characters were invented."
Lana Wilson, Martha Shane Challenge Assumptions About Third-Trimester Abortions in "After Tiller"
Quote: "We wanted to show a spectrum of the reasons why people get this procedure. As the doctors say, how could you possibly support this procedure unless you understand what's going on with the woman?" -- Wilson
Lindsay Burdge on Finding Compassion for "A Teacher" Who Goes Too Far With One of Her Students
Quote: "I’ve been saying lately it’d be nice to play someone unbelievably joyful just as a change of pace. But I feel that almost everyone in life is flawed. I am drawn to characters like that, but I’m also drawn to characters that are strong and whimsical."
Zachary Heinzerling on the Challenges of Documenting an "Incredibly Complicated Relationship" in "Cutie and the Boxer"
Quote: "I think their art says so much about their personality. When you're making a documentary, you think visually, how can I present these characters? It was just fortunate that when you're working with visual artists they're presenting their lives in multiple ways."
Paul Eenhoorn, the Unexpected "Marin Bonner" Breakout, On Keeping the Passion Alive
Quote: "I’ve been on television since I was about 17. I had opportunities, one major opportunity I blew in my 20s. Once I started down this pathway, it was a case of not letting anyone stop me. Not my wife, not my family. It was getting too late to give it a small percentage. I had to give it one hundred percent."
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