I just felt 100% certain that if we had any chance at world premiering a film in 2014 that felt like an unearthed artifact from 1985, that mofo needed to be shot on celluloid.
"I go to pitch movies all the time and they say, ‘We love you, but know we’re not interested in dramas.’ If it won’t travel, if it’s too American, they aren’t interested. You point to a movie — ‘Look at how Argo did!’ — and they’ll [just] say it’s the exception that proves the rule.” - Mark Johnson, Oscar-winning producer of RAIN MAN, on how much Hollywood has changed since then.
Fewer and fewer people refer to us as the Independent Film Channel. But legacy takes a while to undo itself.
We have seen America wrestle with her conscience. We have seen America struggle to become her better self. I think the solution to what most people want America to become resides here in New York. We can become America’s DNA for the future.
It’s all naked bodies and beach houses and slapstick drug binges played for comedy until everything comes crashing down, and not nearly hard enough.
“Everybody thinks of the ‘70s in New York as very dirty and graffiti-ridden, but I knew that our movie wasn’t that ‘70s.” - Judy Becker, set designer of American Hustle.
The last time a cable channel transformed itself so quickly was in 2007–’08, when Sundance Channel sister net AMC debuted both BREAKING BAD and MAD MEN.
I am sort of tempted to re-watch TOP OF THE LAKE, the Jane Campion miniseries, just because it’s stayed with me in such a profound way since I first viewed it.
How filmmaker Kirby Ferguson painstakingly built a career making independent online documentaries.
These days, filmmaker = entrepreneur.