SXSW FILM 2011
By Don Simpson | March 30, 2011
It is extremely rare that I commit to doing an interview with a director prior to watching their film, but Heather Courtney proved to be an exception to that rule. There are also very few directors whose work would prompt me to stay up until 3:30 AM on the opening night of SXSW just to watch a DVD screener of their newest film, but Courtney proved to be an exception to that rule as well. I based these decisions on my respect for Courtney’s previous work (Letters from the Other Side, Los Trabajadores) and the fact that she enlisted other talented local Austin filmmakers (producer Megan Gilbride, editor Kyle Henry) to work on Where Soldiers Come From with her.
Smells Like Screen Spirit’s chat with Courtney at the Austin Convention Center during SXSW 2011 could have very easily turned into a very uncomfortable affair if Where Soldiers Come From did not live up to its expectations — but instead it blew any preconceived notions out of the water. Our discussion with Courtney about Where Soldiers Come From (which won the Best Editing award at SXSW 2011) could have very easily continued on for hours because there is just so damn much to talk about, therefore the most difficult part about this interview was self-editing our conversation to keep the video at a manageable length.
Where Soldiers Come From will premiere on the PBS series P.O.V. in the Fall of 2011.