6 questions with So F*cking Happy For You director, Lina Suh at the half-way mark.
Monday, February 27th, 2017
1Hey Lina! Congrats on your wonderful film. What inspired you to make So F*cking Happy For You? I read a good script with great characters and an interesting conflict.
2This script was written by Helen Krieger. How did you two meet and what was it about this script that made you want to work together? I wanted to try directing a film I hadn't written and reached out to writer friends for scripts. Helen's script came to me through our mutual friend and it was in the most solid shape of any I read. Helen and I met to discuss the possibility of making this, and she was very smart, kind, hilarious. Our collaboration and friendship has only grown throughout the process and after. It's my fabulous intuition for a good friend that knew I better keep her around!
3This film dissects the jealousy of an artist when their friend's career blows up. Have you ever struggled with anything like that personally and how do you think people should handle something like that? I have to be honest--with my closest friends, I expect and want their success as badly as my own because it makes me cooler to have friends like that. I get to name drop, in earnest! My friends are usually deserving of their success because whatever it is that I admire about them or they inspire me with is what makes them successful. But maybe that is how people should handle jealousy--let the other person's success work for you? HOWEVER, of course I have experienced jealousy... I think it's when I see people who don't seem like they work hard enough or talk a bigger talk than what they do, but then that big talk actually happens for them. When it feels undeserved. Then I feel quite a bit sour. How do I handle it? -- I drink whisky, eat cake, go for a run, and move on.
4What was the biggest challenge you faced making this film and how did you get through it? I was pretty new to directing all around so everything was a big challenge. I never knew if I was doing things right or afraid that people could tell I had no idea what I was doing. In retrospect, I think I always hoped my instincts were seeing the bigger picture, and I had an incredible creative team with great instincts and were super hardworking. They were the biggest blessing.
5You've directed three short films now. What is it that you like about short films and what do think the strengths and weaknesses are between shorts and features? Shorts are a little bit easier to bite off.
6What's next? A feature, fingers crossed. But maybe some more music videos and shorts in the meantime. Call me--let's collaborate.
About the Interviewer: Ben Hicks
Ben Hicks is a writer/director and co-founder of Fandependent Films. Ben is currently working on making Fandependent Films awesome and is finishing up his first feature film entitled Kids Go Free to Fun Fun Time which was selected for the 2017 IFP Narrative Lab.
The film with the most fans wins $1,000
For 2017 we are moving on from screening feature films and will be showcasing shorts.
For our Winter 2017 Festival, we are giving away $2,000 in prizes to the top three films.
The film with the most fans.
The film with the most views.
Our favorite film.
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