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San Diego Films Make Sundance Cut

December 5, 2011 8:55 a.m.

KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando interviews filmmakers going to Sundance.

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ANCHOR INTRO: Sundance just announced its film line up for January and two San Diego films made the cut. KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando speaks with the filmmakers.

Last year Sundance launched a program called Next in order to call attention to innovative, no-budget filmmaking. In January, Next will host 9 world premieres, including 2 with San Diego connections. "That's What She Said" was produced by the San Diego company Daisy 3 Pictures. "True Blood" actress Carrie Preston directed the quirky comedy. She says having her film selected is an extraordinary feeling.

CARRIE PRESTON: It's kind of like my kid got into Yale and even if my kid doesn't go on to become a huge doctor or whatever, they still went to Yale so it's I kind of feel like it's this extraordinary thing just to be invited. (:13)

"I'm Not a Hipster" also premieres at Sundance. Its story is set against San Diego's indie music scene. Director Destin Cretton went to graduate school at SDSU. In 2009, he won the top prize in the Sundance short film competition. He says getting a call from Sundance can change your life.

DESTIN CRETTON: I don't quite understand it. When Sundance calls you and tells you that you are in their festival, everything changes. All of a sudden people and companies and agencies that normally wouldn't even return your phone calls are now contacting you. (:16)

Ron Najor attended SDSU and produced "I'm Not a Hipster."

RON NAJOR: You know there's nothing greater than having like a Sundance buzz about your movie because then it helps push it to that next level where everybody kind of wants to get it out there and have it be seen. (:10)

Having his film selected for Sundance is a dream come true for Najor. The Sundance film festival kicks off January 19th in Park City, Utah.

Beth Accomando, KPBS News.