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...