"So there we were, 45 floors above the night Moscow, on a very windy rooftop of an unfinished skyscraper, with the an enormous light rising up to the sky with 5 guys straining the ropes, a Turkish interpreter next to me yelling on a walkie-talkie, another dolly and a film crane moving other lights, the actor slowly approaching the hallucinatory temple and the camera crane rising to a wide master shot... and it all suddenly came together, as dawn broke over Moscow."
"Every time I kind of get surprised of how much it takes to do a film. This time was no exception. But a lot of fun it was!"
We caught up with Jason and his co-director Julia Halperin, whose film "Now, Forager" screens March 30 and April 1 in New Directors/New Films. Chefs and cinephiles alike will appreciate our conversation with this genuine, spirited duo. In the first installment, Jason talks about Lucien, the character he both wrote and played...
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"I think it's fascinating that something that didn't exist can be born into a film. Equally so is that this film can then encounter audiences and communicate with them."
"We spent 1 week on the most popular vendor street in Brazil, 25th March Street in São Paulo, selling production filmmaking of short films on demand for customers who walk by the place daily — about 450 thousand people per day."
"If I wasn't an artist generally I'd be a linguist, I'm obsessed with being able to understand everyone."
"It was clear the situation was going to explode. I was moving around from place to place shouting in Hebrew 'Don’t shoot! There are Israelis!' and luckily no one was shot."
The Film Society Program Director and ND/NF Selection Committee Member takes us behind the scenes in a candid chat about New Directors/New Films 2012, his approach to working collaboratively, and the benefits of staying small.