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The thrilling conclusion to a story it took 20 years to tell—HENRY FOOL, FAY GRIM, and now, shooting in spring 2014...
The thrilling conclusion to a story it took 20 years to tell—HENRY FOOL, FAY GRIM, and now, shooting in spring 2014...
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ABOUT PRODUCERS:

Posted by Hal Hartley (Creator)
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I really don't care how other people think about it anymore: a person who puts down cash against their taste and sensibility and their belief in an artist's output is a producer.

Sergei Diaghilev could not dance. He could not choreograph a dance. But he knew that Nijinsky could do both and that it was a rare and important thing. And, yes, maybe, it was even just a profitable spectacle. But then there was Rimsky-Kosakov and Stravinsky… This was a man of means with a taste and sensibility he felt confident acting upon, financially.

The fact is, I know everything that one needs to know—from top to bottom—about how to make a film. I may not be great at all the particulars (accounting, scheduling, payroll taxes, union formalities, meeting the public's immediate entertainment demands) but I have done all of these things to the industry's apparent satisfaction in the past at one time or another.

What I'm not good at is making money. I respect people who have parlayed their intelligence and skill into wealth. I have never been able to do that. My interests and my temperament complicate things (too big to discuss here). But I know a lot of affluent people who feel the same way about the world that I feel but who can't express it. And we have great conversations. And sometimes those conversations lead to collaborations. And films are made.

That's a producer. Of course, there are others of us who are called producers too, people who carry out the work each day, what in my father's trade was called a foreman. I wish there were different words in the movie business. A foreman is a position of real respect. 

I'm a craftsman, first and foremost. When I can manage it, I raise my craft to the level of art. But I can't do that without producers. Producers help me gain the time to think and feel and pay attention.

If you're up for it, please do become one of my producers.

Hal

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      Gershom Bazerman on

      You write "My interests and my temperament complicate things (too big to discuss here)". At some point I'd love to read your further thoughts on this, and I'm sure others would as well.

    2. David Lee Clements on

      Hal your a great craftsmen and you do it for the love of the art form. That's more than most people can say.

    3. Alex Winter on

      Incredibly well put