"Every festival has its own unique character, and that usually comes from the place and the people involved," Eather said.
"It’s an incredible festival," Eather said. "The organizers work hard to put together an amazing program of films, and have identified the importance of having filmmakers attend and interact, not just with audiences, but with local schools, with the festival team and with each other. The result is an incredible experience and a lot of fun."
"Word of mouth is massive for festivals," Eather said. "Indie filmmakers, when they meet, always compare notes on festivals they’ve entered into and the experiences they had. "That exponential growth in submissions is, in my mind, from the filmmakers all going out and speaking positively about the Emerge experience."
"The Emerge team found it quite amusing," Eather said. "I was known as the flip-flop guy for a while there. I also got in trouble telling that story, because in Australia we say thongs, not flip-flops. So when I’d tell people I arrived with 'nothing but my thongs,' I received some interesting reactions."
"It takes a village to make a film of any size. I'm just one part of it," he said.
"After visiting last year, I have a soft spot for L-A and Maine," he said. "It reminds me a lot of my home city of Newcastle. They’re both industrial cities on the up, being rejuvenated in part by the arts. I have a real passion to grow the creative industries in Newcastle, just like the Emerge team is trying to do in L-A."
Original story found at Lewiston Sun Journal.