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" It's easy to make a film, but it's hard to make a career of being a filmmaker. "
" 'How to Survive a Plague' is history-telling at its best. It's a film I'll show my two children, now toddlers, when they are old enough to understand. It's a movie that I cannot forget. "
" Music Box has proven itself in a few short years to be a cutting edge distributor with a sophisticated understanding of both the market and cinema. "
" By 1988, I was living in New York myself. "
" As a filmmaker, you realize that places have character based on their history as much as a face does or an actor does. "
" Most simply but profoundly, I chose to live an honest life, which I think as a gay person is not a given. "
" Suspense films are often based on communication problems, and that affects all of the plot points. It almost gives it kind of a fable feeling. "
" Every film is hard to fund. "
" I always think of my films within the context of where aesthetics meet economics. That's the nature of making art - not being naive about what is possible and getting what you need to tell the story you want to tell. "
" I've made four films about the destructive nature of relationships, of secrets and lies, and I think I'm no longer interested in that subject - which is a wonderful relief. "
" New York grabbed me too hard, as did adulthood. "
" I've been hiding crucial events in my life since I was 13. "
" I grew up in the 1960s in Memphis, and my father was a member of the American Civil Liberties Union. I was born three years before Martin Luther King was killed, and I think that history of civil action was something that I had in my blood. "
" All of my films have been autobiographical - it's all I've got to go on. "
" For me, every film is actually a form of documentary. "
" I don't think I'd ever start making a film until I had both the intimacy with the subject and the distance to make it live in a certain way. "
" I like a film that makes the audience feel like they are in the middle of life as it is moving, and in a way, they are catching up. They are thrown into things. "
" A lot of what I think I do as a director is try to give everything over to the actor. So I disappear. "
" What's interesting to me is the distinction between my old life and my present life. "
" My father moved out to Park City in in the mid-'70s and lived in a Winnebago behind a hippie joint called Utah Coal & Lumber that was one of only two or three restaurants at that time. Park City was a sleepy little mining town, with not a condo in sight. "
" Movies are romantic fantasies. "
" Being an artist is in part an act of rupture. "
" Every time you make a film, you create a world. You make decisions about sets and costumes, and you create a universe connected to reality, but not reality itself. "
" One of the biggest things that happens to many people when they have kids is that you suddenly realize that you're not going to last forever. You know there is another generation who are the heroes of their own stories, and that is humbling. "
" Without community events like NewFest, I don't think we'd have a queer cinema in America. "
" Intimacy is something to be cherished, and intimacy is not something to be afraid of. "
" I don't rehearse with my actors... the first rehearsal is the first time we turn the camera on... Sydney Pollack never rehearsed his actors, and I found out that's allowed... so you film reactions; you don't create them. "
" I realize I have strength as an artist and professional by embracing my difference instead of what makes me the same. "
" My films might have been queer - because I was - but they were not gay. "
" Capturing intimacy is pretty much the only thing I'm interested in. That's what excites me and what I find beautiful in movies personally - that almost obscene sense that we shouldn't be this close to these people. I find that very inviting and meaningful as an audience member. "
" I conveniently was not accepted to film school, which I applied to in 1987, and so I decided I would become a filmmaker instead of a student. "