Checking in from Park City, Chris Garcia files a joint interview with the Duplass Brothers and the Zellner Brothers. The two filmmaking pairs are old Austin friends, and have two terrific feature films at Sundance this year. From Garcia’s interview:
Chris Garcia: Is it weird to you guys how often your movies get into Sundance?
David Zellner: It comes after a decade of struggling.
Mark Duplass: And rejection.
David Zellner: We’ve been rejected by all the best, including Sundance.
Mark Duplass: And all the worst.
Jay Duplass: Our favorite rejection is when our short “This is John” got into Sundance and they told us “Over 5,000 films were submitted. You are one of 90 films accepted.” The next week we get a letter from the San Antonio Underground Film Festival apologizing that we weren’t accepted because “We had over 200 film submissions this year.” We kept that letter.