The ND/NF director answers questions about his film's focus on China's one-child policy, rural life in Yunnan province, karaoke, and how he came to become a filmmaker.
"I knew that Charlotte Rampling was a huge actress but I was really amazed by her precision and her involvement."
"The hero of my story is a young guy without any skills or sense for living. Step by step he learns skills and gets a sense for his existence."
"It's a film about what happens when you set out to buy a diplomatic title, thereby becoming the consul of Liberia to The Central African Republic – for real. It's Tintin meets Borat meets The Economist."
"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...
"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."