“We didn’t have a big budget…it was already a huge risk that [the studio] was willing to gamble on a first time director, a film in Spanish, with no cast that anyone could recognize. Most people would see that and they’d say you’re crazy to ask for a million dollars,” filmmaker Cary Fukunaga said at an indieWIRE Presents Apple Store event in SoHo in March, about getting his film “Sin Nombre”–which took the Directing Award and Excellence in Cinematography Award at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival–made against the odds.
indieWIRE’s Eugene Hernandez talked with Fukunaga about his background in film making, the importance of good casting, the challenges of working non-professional actors, and his experiences riding the rails with immigrants in order to bring authenticity to his story about a Mexican gang member. “One of the biggest journeys for me, just as a creator, was how to inject…the emotional experience into the characters I’d written and depart from the more journalistic story that I’d started off with,” Fukunaga said about how the time he spent traveling in Mexico and talking with immigrants and Mexican gang members influenced the film.
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