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David Gordon Green directed “Snow Angels“, which is about a separated couple trying to put a future together when they both encounter an even further shock, which “leads to a dark conclusion,” according to the Sundance Film Festival. “Green’s accomplishments are not just in the realm of character study but in the intensity of the emotions he provokes. The lyricism of his storytelling belies his use of naturalism and invokes a beautifully constructed faux reality from which emotional truth flows.” The film is screening in Sundance’s Dramatic Competition category. Green also wrote and directed “George Washington“, which was named best first film by the New York Film Critics Circle.
Please introduce yourself. Where were you born, and where do you live now? What were some of your previous jobs?
I’m 31, I was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, and grew up in Richardson, Texas. I currently live in New Orleans, Louisiana. My former jobs: clown, casino, doorknob factory, janitor, and paperboy.
What other creative outlets do you explore?
Making movies combines several things I enjoy: music, drawing, writing, photography, and building things.
Did you go to film school?
I went to the North Carolina School of the Arts and met many of my frequent collaborators. We all worked in various departments on each other’s films and figured out where we were the most suited.
How did the initial idea for “Snow Angels” come about?
“Snow Angels” is based on a book that was brought to me as an adaptation job for another director. When he stepped away from the project, I got onto it.
How did the financing for the film come together?
Producers put the money together with private investors.
What were some of the biggest challenges you faced in making the movie?
The biggest challenge of this film was that it was very cold. Also, for the first time I was introduced to some people that work in movies, but don’t love them. That was somewhat confusing, frustrating and disheartening.
What do you hope to get out of the festival?
Would love to get a smart distributor behind the film.
What is your definition of “independent film”?
Movies made without the services of traditional corporate financing and distribution companies.
What is your top ten list for 2006?
Best movies of 2006: “Talladega Nights“, and “The Guatamalen Handshake“.
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