Winning the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance for his hugely entertaining documentary American Movie doesn't seem to have changed Chris Smith--or his reputation as a Very Nice Guy From the Midwest.
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What is the University of California Extension Center for Media and Independent Learning (CMIL)?
Mary Katzke got both the idea and the money for her latest documentary unexpectedly: via a life-threatening illness.
In the olden days (three or four years ago) producers in search of film footage of a particular subject--say, Alfred Hitchcock--would call a series of archives to find out if they had any. If so, the producer/researcher would go to the archive to look through hours of videotape.
What is the Open Society Institute and what is your relationship to it?
During the Q&A after the first screening of American Movie at Sundance, director Chris Smith hailed his subject Mark Borchardt as "the ideal independent filmmaker"--which, in many ways, he is.