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You’re meant to think somehow that literature, in espousing eternal values, is kind of normal and balanced and reasonable. When it fact it’s anything but.
When ‘The Thin Blue Line’ came out, I was criticized by many people for using reenactments, as if I wasn’t dedicated to the truth because…
We all know that yellow journalism didn’t just happen a week ago or a month ago, that yellow journalism has probably been with us as…
I believe it was probably less than ten minutes that went by from the invention of photography to the point where people realized that they…
Films are neither true nor false. That includes my films, as well as others. They may make claims that are true or false, but films…
But one of the amazing things about documentary is that you can remake it every time you make one. There is no rule about how…
Listening to what people were saying wasn’t even important. But it was important to look as if you were listening to what people were saying.…
A movie is like a tip of an iceberg, in a way, because so little of what you do in connection with making a movie…
I don’t believe truth is conveyed by style and presentation. I don’t think that if it was grainy and full of handheld material, it would…
You know, I actually like doing commercials. I don’t like doing them to the exclusion of everything else, but I like doing them.
When you’re working for yourself and your own obsession with finding the truth, you’re at your own mercy.
There are endless anxieties in putting a film together, and it’s an enormous relief when you know it’s working with an audience.
If everything was planned, it would be dreadful. If everything was unplanned, it would be equally dreadful.
My stuff always starts with interviews. I start interviewing people, and then slowly but surely, a movie insinuates itself.
I’ve never made any money off of any of my films. Statement of fact. So without commercial work, I would be in big trouble.
I’ve been writing a lot more, I believe, because of the Internet. I’ve been posting stuff that I’ve written and I’ve just been writing.
I think an interview, properly considered, should be an investigation. You shouldn’t know what the interview will yield. Otherwise, why do it at all?
I like to think that I’m nonjudgmental, that I can listen and be engaged by almost anything.
I taught my son to read with tabloids. We would sit to read the ‘Weekly World News’ together.
I feel as if I became a documentary film-maker only because I had writer’s block for four decades. There’s no other good reason.
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