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.
Documentary filmmakers often struggle for years doing whatever it takes to finish our labors of love, only to find one roadblock after another thrown up between the completed work and the audience we know is out there.
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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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.