|Independent View: Interview Quotes|
Robert Redford -- Episode 101
"I'm a little critical of film's role in society quite frankly, which sounds a little weird since I'm a filmmaker and I love film. But I'm critical about the dominant role that film is playing in our society. I think it's too much. I don't think we need that much attention to film because basically what predominately is happening is that the attention is on celebrity. And I think celebrity is great, but too much is not a good thing."
Mike Figgis -- Episode 105
"I don't have much of a beef with audiences. My biggest concern right now as a filmmaker is to look at distribution in its widest sense -- how films are marketed; how they're sold in terms of the imagery that is taken from those films; and how those films are criticized, which is pretty sad I have to say. For something as important as film, to have that much power invested in so many people who have arrived at this job of being a critic in very arbitrary fashion."
Brenda Blethyn -- Episode 107
"If I'm curious about the character; if it's a challenge; if it's a good story; and if it's well written [then I'll consider taking on a role]. There are many other ingredients -- who’s directing it; who else is going to be in it; and who's designing it. First off after Secrets and Lies, I was sent lots of scripts for unfortunate women who cried a lot. I thought, 'I've done that, and I don't think I can top that really.'"
Danny Glover -- Episode 109
"It's a vacuum out there in a sense. It's a very, very disappointing situation. That's why the independent film community becomes all the more important. But the independent film community has to have its own agenda as well. I believe that it must encourage the kind of growth that's about story telling. We have to make films that in some way inform us about what we can be as human beings, and what kind of relationships we are going to have in the 21st Century."
John Waters -- Episode 113
"We could take up two hours with the objections raised about my films. Cecil B. Demented was financed totally by French money...It was cinematically correct in Europe to have a film about terrorists against Hollywood. But at the same time, I didn't think it would work if I went in to pitch a movie in Hollywood and say, 'And then they attacked a producer who just green-lit another video game,' when that is the producer -- the exact studio person I'm talking to. So I think it was wisely financed in Europe."
Roger Ebert -- Episode 115
"My loyalties are to my enthusiasms. If I really love a movie, I want to share that enthusiasm. My unhappiest days are with movies I don't feel strongly about. It's very easy to write negative reviews and positive reviews, but it's very hard to write about movies in that gray area in the middle."