Saturday, January 12, 2008
Marianna Palka
The U.S. Drama category is one of the most prestigious at Sundance. At 26, Marianna Palka is the youngest filmmaker with "Good Dick," a modern-day fairy tale of a boy who fails in love with a reclusive girl. Palka directed and wrote "Good Dick," and she stars in the film alongside her longtime boyfriend, Jason Ritter.

Palka got to Sundance by way of Scotland. She grew up without a television, but that didn't stifle her love for entertainment. She started acting with The Atlantic Theatre Company and made films as a teenager.

Palka already has been compared to the likes of Woody Allen, using her talents in front of and behind the camera.

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Whats been your hardest struggle to overcome as a filmmaker?
What was your inspiration for the film?
What inspires you?
If you could put Upside Down Cake or Scottish Eggs in a Film which would you do and why?
How did you meet your boyfriend, Jason Ritter, and was his quick wit an inspiration to you in either your writing or acting?
What advice do you have for aspiring filmmakers with no existing connections to the film industry?
Are there specific challenges associates with being both in front of and behind the camera at the same time, and how do you deal with them? How do other actors react?
Does it strike you odd that so many young filmakers now, like the director of Juno, or either the children or somehow associated with people already in the industry? Is Hollywood slowly locking out the rest of us?
Are your movies true to your experience?
Is there a nagging consciousness that alters your everyday experience of things, with the inevitable knowledge that it would all end up as material for your movie?
Hello Marriana!

I am currently pursuing a career in a field that does not have any job security typical of less rewarding M-F 9-5 jobs. I find that sometimes when I choose a medium-length goal (6mo. - 1 year), I find myself so fixated on the goal that I occasionally loose sight of whether or not I am enjoying the process of working toward that very goal, something that has led me at times to resent my pre-chosen goals. Has this every happened to you, and if so, have you learned ways to overcome this?
Are your movies born out of a deep seated unhappiness (as happiness most of the times produces art that is trite)?

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