What film/directors inspire you?
There are so many to mention, but I'll name a few: Kurosawa, for the way he can compose a frame—think of Ran
- and can get to such a dynamic relation of intensity and repose. I like Capra
for the way he can dramatically lift one's spirits and make for large emotion in behalf of the world; Chaplin
is where all classes meet—he's great for showing the relation of nonchalance and fear, tenderness and cruelty. Others that come to mind, are, Fritz Lang's Metropolis
, Michael Moore's Sicko
, Rosselini's Open City
, Flaherty's Nanook of the North
and, of course, Eisenstein's Potemkin
What is it like being a filmmaker in New York?
I like making films in New York, particularly documentaries - such a wealth and variety of locations to choose from - and New York abounds in film services. Of course, if you're on a decent budget, it makes filming easier - in obtaining permits, insurance, etc.
Any advice/tips for aspiring film makers—especially with regard to funding?
It's extremely important for a filmmaker to think about what effect his or her film will have on an audience. I think every film, no matter how difficult the subject, should make for more respect for the word. Filmmakers are aware of the terrible economic climate of today. My advice is, have passion, a strong, honest belief in your project. A well-based passion can make for the difference between giving up, or using your imagination to work every possibility in achieving your goal.