Dog Days in the Heartland Cast & Crew Profiles #1: Patti Ryan

Making an independent film takes a lot of time and funding, but more importantly, it takes a lot of passion and soul from so many creative and driven people. These are the stories from the cast & crew who made Dog Days in the Heartland what it is today. We ask them about working on the film, what independent film means to them and what they are up to now. Our first post is from Patti Ryan, a line producer for the film.

"I'm Patti Ryan and I worked as the Line Producer for the movie; It was an unexpected honor. I met with Chad I think back in July of 2015 & over Mexican food and a couple beers he told me about the vision he had for the movie. It had only been a year since I had cancer treatments & was feeling adventurous. At the time, I owned a local video production company and had lost some of my work due to being engaged in cancer treatments, so I had the time. I told Chad that working on the movie was a bucket list item for me. I discovered WHAT a line producer did, AND that an independent movie set is an "all hands on deck" kind of thing. Through my local connections, I set up some locations, found accommodations for the crew, found some extra actors, made meals, purchased food, smokes and other important items for crew members. I learned two VERY important things: 1. Nothing is glamorous in movie making, especially at the independent level and 2. working crew on an independent film is for the YOUNG!! lol. Independent film is SO important today, it allows for ALL voices to be heard, not just those really well-funded ones. These days, I have, at 63, retired from the video production business and am strictly doing animation, my first love. You can follow my work at Grinning Bear Animation Studio on Vimeo and Youtube."