Independent filmmaking certainly has its challenges, but Laura Dern doesn’t mind the grit.

“They’re down and dirty,” Dern told Variety’s Marc Malkin on the red carpet at the IFP Gotham Awards in New York City.

What makes the indie scene so unique is that filmmakers are so invested in getting their movie made, Dern said.

“They’ll make it for half a million dollars, and they’ll make it on their iPhones, or they’ll make it with their grandparents’ Sony camcorder. I’ve worked with a number of first-time directors who fight hard to get their movie made, so it feels like my community, and I feel very privileged to be here amongst them tonight. Two of my directors presenting this to me is like heaven on Earth,” Dern said.

Dern walked the red carpet for playing a celebrity divorce lawyer named Nora Fanshaw in “Marriage Story.” Variety reported the Netflix film won six trophies at the Gotham Awards, setting it on track to be noticed by the Golden Globes.