Ryan Conrath

Age: 21
Sign: Virgo
Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI

Why are you in this class?

It is part of my senior project. But also, it is just an awesome class and I went with Nate to Sundance once before and loved it!

What does independent film mean to you?

Creative control most of all. But so many Hollywood film directors are notorious for demanding creative control. I think the answer probably lies somewhere in the process (not just the creative one), like HOW YOU ACTUALLY MAKE A FILM. If I want to make a film, I am going to want to do it fart far away from any studio.

Who is your favorite director?

Ingmar Bergman

What is your favorite independent film?

Maybe Mutual Appreciation actually. Its up there, I swear. I love Down by Law and Slacker. Ultimately, though, I would have to go with Todd Haynes' Poison.

What do you like in your films?

Ideas! I like grace and simplicity. I like static shots sometimes (but that is just a very personal thing).

If you were to make an independent film, what would it be about?

Suicide, because it is the key to understanding life I think.

If you had to make an independent film, how would you get the money (be honest)?

I would threaten to commit suicide if I wasn't funded.

What is the most exciting thing about going to Sundance?

I want to see more movies this time. I also want to try and marry Naomi Watts. I want to talk to people who really love movies, because that is the best thing about events like this. But I fear it is becoming harder and harder to find real movie lovers these days, even in a place like Sundance.

What is the longest amount of time you would be willing to wait in line for a film?

Probably only 3 hours (for Allegro or A Little Trip to Heaven or Into the Great Silence)