A couple of years ago, the fine folks at eFilmCritic began the daunting task of interviewing as many SXSW feature filmmakers as possible in the weeks leading up to each festival. The first handful of filmmaker interviews are now online for your reading enjoyment. They include:
“Humboldt County [pictured, right] is our first feature and we are premiering it at SXSW on opening night, so we’re breaking our festival cherries, if you will. We’re incredibly excited, and we especially look forward to wearing badges around our necks, holding them up as often as possible, Wayne’s World style, to look ‘official.'”
– Darren Grodsky and Danny Jacobs, from Humboldt County
“I showed a very early work-in progress cut of the film during the (fantastic) SkenaUp festival in Kosovo. People were breaking down and crying, an American girl screamed at me ‘Your film is evil, you are a murderer, you shouldn’t be allowed to make movies!’ and the festival’s organizer warned me not to go outside after the screening because ‘a mob’ had gathered to deal with me. That is my festival experience so far. I am looking forward to Austin.”
– Daniel Stamm, from A Necessary Death
“As I thought about making the film, I realized that there is a whole generation or more of people who aren’t familiar with Rex’s work and have no idea the impact Rex had in changing celebrity journalism or that Rex’s celebrity profiles – which really pulled back the curtain on celebrities, rather than simply echoing studio puffery – were as relevant a part of the New Journalism of that era as the work of Tom Wolfe or Gay Talese or Nora Ephron or any of the other names associated with that term. To me, Rex was the first ‘celebrity’ celebrity journalist and the first superstar movie critic.”
– Marshall Fine, from Do You Sleep in the Nude?
“When it came time to actually begin pre-production, the only real obstacle I could foresee was procuring a single location – the NYC Aquarium. The script had been written to be produced for as little as possible (in the end – $6,000), using my apartment, friends’ apartments, streets, etc. When it came time to contact the aquarium, I told myself that if this is a ball-busting experience, then I’m going to take it as a sign and walk away from the movie. Needless to say, I got the aquarium, and they were fantastic, kind people to work with.”
– Joe Maggio, from Paper Covers Rock
Stay tuned to more from eFilmCritic, as they tell me that many more interviews are on the way.