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" You make documentaries because you love doing it; it's the only sane reason to make documentaries. "
" I feel like there's a lot of sympathy and camaraderie among documentary filmmakers. "
" You tend to put your rock stars on pedestals - they seem like they've been there for time immemorial. But you realize that the rock stars have their own rock stars. They were fans and kids once, too. "
" If you're making a film about a band or a songwriter or whomever, there's a publisher, there's a record label, and there are people who are vested interests in that film. But with back-up singers, because they did stuff for everybody, there's no one party that has any vested interest in seeing the story told. "
" Harmony singing isn't meant to be done alone. "
" Docs, in general, are made in the edit bay, archival docs even more so. "
" Non-fiction or documentaries can tell any kind of a story because they don't have to adhere to the rules of what's possible. When you're making something up, you have to say, 'Well, this is what would happen here,' but in reality, stuff happens that seems impossible. "
" When you come from a place and an identity, you can feel constricted and have to get away. But then you realise how much a part of you it is. "
" Vidal was a novelist, an essayist, a playwright, a screenwriter, and many other things. Buckley started a magazine, hosted a TV show, lead a political movement, and was a master debater. They were multihyphenates in a way that you rarely see anymore. "
" Everything about Hank Williams interests me. His music, his life. His death. His impact. "
" If I told my 14-year-old self that I'd be hanging out with Keith Richards talking about records, my head would've exploded. "
" Church singing is a great training ground. "
" At the beginning of the '70s, everything was possible. "
" The presidential and vice-presidential debates are those rare moments when people come together, but to even call them debates is a stretch because they're played by such negotiated rules, and they're so over-rehearsed. "
" I feel like - like Netflix is great if you've got a project ready to launch itself into the world rapidly. "
" In a weird way, our satirists probably have the most complicated, nuanced views of our politics now - Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver. I don't know what that says about our country. "
" I came up in left-wing political writing. My first job out of college was working as Gore Vidal's fact checker. "
" I always like learning the small details about a subject. "
" There was no model how to make a documentary production company work. I figured it out as I went along. "
" To be a backup singer, you have to walk into any situation and just be perfect from the first take to the 50th take. "
" I think, in the West, we often discount the arts as nice but not that important. Certainly in America when we cut funding for schools, the arts are the first programs to go. But the arts built the things we need more than anything else: collaboration and co-operation and creativity. "
" I feel like I'm in a privileged position where I get to meet people and talk to them about the most important things in their lives. I appreciate that trust they're putting in me. "
" Now, you watch cable news, and you know what everybody's going to say before they open their mouth. "
" There are a handful of music docs I'd love to do, including David Bowie. "
" Politicians pretend not to be smart. "
" As a writer, I think about films I work on in a traditional Hollywood kind of a way. I'm curious to see how it translates. "
" By the rules of debate, if you lose your cool, you've lost the game. "
" Sometimes we have our perfect foils, or you can call them their bete noir: the person who brings out both the best and the worst in you because you disagree with them so completely. Yet, you understand and respect them enough to give it your all. "
" Space is something which makes us question our role here on Earth. It brings out the best of our hopes and dreams. "
" TV tends to laud the person with the perfect one-liner rather than the one with the better idea. "
" I knew who Buckley and Vidal were growing up, being a political junkie. "