The challenges: "As with any project, there were lots of problems in the development of
this. One was casting. There were tons of kids to choose from, and so
many were cute, funny, and talented -a winning combination- that it made
it difficult to decide who to follow. Beyond that, some of the kids
and their families were not native English speakers, so I had to direct
via a translator, which I'd never done before, and don't recommend.
Lastly, the sheer amount of travel involved in the project was
difficult, especially since I was traveling just as my twin girls were
being born. I made it back from shooting in South Africa and my twin
girls were born less than 24 hours later."
On films that inspired him: "I am always inspired by lots of films. But chief among them for this film, in no particular order: I was inspired by Spellbound, Racing Dreams, Best in Show, and Ferris Buellers Day Off- which I've seen so many times it will forever influence me."
What's next: "I am currently in the middle of production on a 10 episode docu-series for Hulu that I am directing called Behind The Mask that follows the lives of 4 sports mascots, both inside and outside of the suit. It will premiere late Summer 2013. I am also attached to direct a feature narrative film that we are in the middle of casting, as well as several other projects that are in the works. And as always, I am writing, not writing, and feeling guilty about not writing, all at the same time."
invited SXSW Film Festival directors to tell us about their films,
including what inspired them, the challenges they faced and what they're
doing next. We'll be publishing their responses leading up to the 2013
Keep checking HERE every day up to the launch of the festival on March 8 for the latest profiles.