Thursday, January 12, 2012

Make Your Movie Interview



I'm about to embark on my 16th Sundance Film Festival, and I'm fired up about all the great films and filmmakers descending on Park City for Sundance 2012.  It's such a great time of year for the creative arts, and gives young filmmakers the opportunity to mix and match ideas in the confines of the Wasatch Mountains.  If you've never been, I highly encourage you to attend.  Crash on a couch, hit the wait list line, and see some world premiere films.  The Q&As after the screenings are always fun, and the parties don't suck.

Back in the day, I was the founder of the Nodance Film Festival, which was dedicated to first time filmmakers and digital filmmaking.  We were the world's first DVD-projected film festival.  That year, I gained a new partner in Forest Whitaker, and he was incredibly generous with his well-earned status to bring amazing talent to Nodance.  We invited director Mike Figgis (flown from London), and programmed a retrospective of his work.  This interview was from CNN, and we were about to give the Nodance "Free Spirit" award to Mike at the awards ceremony.  Salma Hayek was a great friend to Mike, and offered to present the award.  I'm the shivering lurkball next to Salma, rocking the goat.

Unfortunately, Nodance is no longer with us, but the hazy memories live on through YouTube.  The most important things are to make your movie with whatever tools you have available, and to help other artists.  With all the wonderful & inexpensive digital technology being created today, there's no excuse not to make your movie.

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