Rosemary's Blog

Sundance Film Festival
November 29, 2007, 4:48 pm
Filed under: Documentary

Rejection letters are not new to me. During the years I was working on getting my book “Children of the Dome” published, I developed a tough outer shell. Letter after letter came from agents and publishers with polite notes of rejection. Nothing worth doing comes easy. That is one of the most valuable lessons I have learned since Drew and Jeremiah passed in July of 1992.

Rejection came again today but in electronic form this time. Our documentary, “Space Between Breaths” was nominated back in June for the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Filmmakers were to be notified by the end of November if their film was being accepted for the festival.

I have nervously checked my e-mail every day as the end of November approached. When I saw the subject line “Sundance Film Festival submission”, I knew the long wait was over. The e-mail informed me that a record number of over 8500 films were nominated for Sundance this year with less than 200 accepted. Our film was not chosen. We did not win the lottery. Well, I am disappointed but I truthfully did not expect our film to be chosen at this venue. Our film explores a subject no one wants to think about. Our film is real. It is sad. It is life. It is death. It is love. It is truth. It features eleven incredible families who bear their souls for our documentary. I am indebted to each and every one of them for sharing their angels with me on film.

Nothing worth doing comes easy…now I will move forward to the next step in finding the path for our documentary. I lament the time we have lost in waiting these past five months to hear from Sundance but know this was the only chance the film had to be nominated. How many ever get the chance to have a film nominated…and rejected from Sundance?