“It takes a certain strength of character in order to do this. And I’ve seen very talented film makers who started out in the independent world turn into hacks” – Paul Auster.
“My heroes are no more neurotic than the audience. Unless you can feel that a hero is just as fucked up as you are and that you would make the same mistakes that he would make…you can have no satisfaction when he does an heroic act” – Nicholas Ray.
“Accidents are the friend of the Director” – Gary Gramer (Director of Photography for Orson Welles).
A new documentary made by Turner Classic Movies is showcasing a season of American Independent Film Makers on TCM (US) during July, the documentary itself is well worth catching.
Divided into four parts; ‘Born Out of Conflict’ ‘Other People’s Money’, ‘Visual Voice’ and ‘Beyond Talent’ interviews with John Sales, Martin Scorsese, Peter Bogdanovich and others discussing the work of many ‘Independent’ film makers from DW Griffith, Buster Keaton through to the likes of Sam Fuller, Nicholas Ray, John Cassavettes up to Darren Aronofsky. It’s a good documentary that explores within the time allowed the sprit of ‘Independent’ film making. I liked the quotes from the film, which contains many rare and exclusive interviews which, sum up for me various aspects of ‘Independent’ cinema.
Edge of Outside season on TCM, link.