Interview with Sarah Mack (The Art of Hosting)

The Art of Hosting was the winner of BEST DIRECTION at the Toronto Comedy Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

I was having oral surgery and I wanted to have some fun with and without a tooth… so I began brain storming ideas and because suicide is such a prevalent theme in my life… here we are.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

About a year. The editing took most of that time but from the initial brainstorming to the finished product… a year.

3. How would you describe your film in two words!?

Fucked. Up.

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

Editing. We shot the film on a micro budget with a micro crew, so there were just so many hurtles in editing. Shots we wished we’d had, shots we wished we didn’t. But because we filmed the whole thing in under 2 days… we were just too limited.

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

Relief! I was just relieved to see that people understood the story I was trying to tell. That they saw the humor and were able to laugh at such dark content. It makes me laugh but the fact that there is an audience for it, is such a relief!

Watch the Audience Feedback Video:

6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?

I made my first short film in high school. I would put on plays and sketches in middle school. I’ve always loved telling stories but my first big project was ‘It’s Fine’, a limited web series on Amazon. That was my first big leap!

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

Hmmm… Either The Birdcage, or Jurassic Park. Followed closely by The Emperor’s New Groove. I don’t rewatch things often but if I do it’s because the film is like comfort food to me.

8. What other elements of the festival experience can we and other festivals implement to satisfy you and help you further your filmmaking career?

The feedback videos were great! I wish there was some sort of networking side to it, where the filmmakers could meet even virtually.

9. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway. How has your experiences been working on the festival platform site?

Filmfreeway is great!

10. What is your favorite meal?


11. What is next for you? A new film?

I am performing Stand Up comedy all over the country and my partner and I have a hilarious, female driven comedy feature about the mental health profession that we are currently pitching!


By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival

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