We’ve asked the filmmakers for the 11th annual Oxford Film Festival the same five questions. Meet Lindsay Blatt, Director and Producer of Herd in Iceland. This film will be screening Friday, Feb. 7 at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 8 at 10 a.m.
#1: In 140 characters or less, describe your movie and why someone should see it.
For over 1,000 years, Icelandic law has made it illegal to import horses onto the island. There are about 300,000 Icelanders, and 100,000 horses. This is a portrait of the annual round-ups.
#2: Biggest lesson learned in getting the film made? Best part in getting the film made?
The biggest lesson that I learned in making the film is that it is not only okay to ask for help, but it makes for a better film. The best part of having the film made is that it has become the perfect tool for sharing how special the annual tradition of rounding-up Iceland’s horses is and why the event is so important to Icelandic culture.
#3: Tell us about you. What is your movie making background?
Herd In Iceland is my first film. My background is in photography, I graduated from Pratt Institute with a BFA in photo. From there, I’ve worked in museums, galleries, photo agencies, and then on to magazine photo editing. I’m currently a Photo Editor at The New York Times, and using my experience in producing photo essays to use film as another means of storytelling.
#4 What do you want the Oxford Film Festival audience to know about your film that isn’t obvious from its title or description?
The horse holds a precious place in Icelandic culture, art and tradition; for over 1,000 years Icelandic law has prohibited the importation of horses onto the island. By telling the story of this annual round-ups, Herd In Iceland captures the symbolism behind the horses and the nation they represent.
#5: What does the future hold in store for your film and for you?
The film will continue on the festival circuit through 2014, and ultimately I hope to find a broadcast outlet for it both domestically and internationally. I’d like to continue making films with my company Archerfish Productions and am looking to partner with other filmmakers on new projects.