Spotlight on – Sara Bess
Interview with Georgia writer and director – Sara Bess:
How long have you been working in film and how did you get your start?
I have been working in film for 6 years now. I got my start acting and as a talent agent assistant.
Tell us about your current project?
Life Binder is a coming of age and social issues film that tells the story of a teenage rock band. The film is an homage to the Atlanta Indie music scene and tackles the issue of the opioid crisis in the United States.
What are some of the challenges you’re facing as an independent filmmaker?
Challenges as an indie filmmaker is taking your vision for a film and fitting it into the budget of an indie film. My visions are typically big.
What are some of the challenges you’re facing as an independent filmmaker in Georgia specifically?
People taking you seriously as a storyteller and having faith in your abilities and/or education and training.
Have you ever considered leaving Georgia to pursue filmmaking elsewhere, if yes where and why, if no what about Georgia filmmaking keeps you here?
Yes, and I did work in Virginia back in 2014 for a few months, but came back to Georgia but every time I thought about a serious move a new awesome opportunity popped up in Georgia.
In your opinion, why is independent film important?
It gives us as viewers the opportunity to hear stories that might not be told otherwise. Indie films often tell stories that don’t fit into the mainstream. We often hear a story from a protagonist that may not be the typical or normal voice that we get in mainstream film so we are offered a new point of view or way of looking at the world through independent film .
What do you see as the future of independent film production for Georgia?
I see it growing. We already have a great independent film community here in Georgia. A lot of us have grown up together. As we evolve in our professional lives and personal lives the quality of productions and stories keep getting better. I can see us all getting excited by that and that excitement is causing us to do more and grow.