Free Minds Film Podcast

Kurt Kuenne on Making and Distributing an Indie Documentary

September 26, 2016

Today we’re talking with Kurt Kuenne, the filmmaker behind an incredibly powerful and personal documentary called Dear Zachary, which premiered at the Slamdance Film festival and was named one of the top 5 documentaries of 2008 by the National Board of Review.

And his latest film is Batkid Begins, which Kurt edited and co-wrote. The documentary is a heartwarming and entertaining look at how and why an entire city came together to make a 5-year-old leukemia patient’s dream of being a superhero come true for a day.

In this episode, you’ll learn from a working documentary filmmaker how to decide when you’re actually done with a project you’re passionate about and you’ve spent years putting together. You’ll hear Kurt’s experience on the festival circuit and learn how, why, and when you should submit your film to festivals. We’ll talk about what it takes to get an independent film in theaters, what the benefits of that are, and what it was like adapting Dear Zachary for air on MSNBC.

And, finally, the importance of time-management in filmmaking and finding the balance between taking the time to make your film great and moving with enough speed to make it to market.

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