Fifty Filmmakers

Conversations with Directors from Roger Avary to Steven Zaillian

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About the Book

This book is an extensive collection of original interviews with 50 noted filmmakers. Conducted over a seven-year period expressly for this project, the interviews cover various aspects of film production, biographical information, and the interviewees’ favorite or most influential films. Filmmakers interviewed include highly respected auteurs (Richard Linklater, Wim Wenders), B-movie greats (Roger Corman, Lloyd Kaufman), and well-renowned documentary directors (D.A. Pennebaker, Albert Maysles). Each entry includes a brief biography and filmography, while dozens of personal photographs, promotional materials, and film stills appear throughout the work.

About the Author(s)

Freelance film journalist Andrew J. Rausch has written for many publications including Bright Lights Film Journal, Shock Cinema, Images and his local newspaper The Parsons Sun in Parsons, Kansas.
Film critic Michael Dequina lives in Long Beach, California.

Bibliographic Details

Andrew J. Rausch
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 300
Bibliographic Info: 107 photos, index
Copyright Date: 2008
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3149-6
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8409-6
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii

Filmography Abbreviations      xi

Foreword by Max Allan Collins      1

Preface      5

Roger Avary      7

Ralph Bakshi      12

Albert Band      18

Harold Becker      24

Josh Becker      29

Budd Boetticher      34

John Carpenter      40

Jeremiah Chechik      45

Larry Cohen      50

Roger Corman      56

Wes Craven      61

Frank Darabont      66

Ernest Dickerson      71

Jon Favreau      76

Mick Garris      82

Keith Gordon      87

Ethan Hawke      92

Monte Hellman      96

Buck Henry      102

George Hickenlooper      107

Mike Judge      112

Lloyd Kaufman      118

Barbara Kopple      125

Mark L. Lester      129

Herschell Gordon Lewis      134

Richard Linklater      139

William Malone      144

Albert Maysles      149

John Milius      155

Floyd Mutrux      161

Daniel Myrick      166

Peter O’Fallon      171

Alexander Payne      176

D.A. Pennebaker      181

Michael Radford      187

Mark Romanek      192

David O. Russell      197

John A. Russo      203

Tony Scott      209

Alan Shapiro      216

Bryan Singer      221

John Singleton      227

Kevin Smith      233

Betty Thomas      239

Robert Towne      244

Robert Weide      250

Wim Wenders      254

Kevin Williamson      259

Robert Wise      264

Steven Zaillian      270

Index      277

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