Sundance alum: Terry Zwigoff

Directors remember their first time

“When I was first there, with ‘Louie Bluie’ in 1985, it wasn’t much of a festival, just this freezing wilderness where they showed art films and documentaries. My film was completely ignored. When I came back with ‘Crumb’ in 1995, it was still a freezing wilderness, but this time it had this huge influx of jet-setters. All I remember is that both Ed Burns (“Brothers McMullen”) and I each won the grand jury prize. Afterwards, there were about a hundred journalists taking his picture and no one was taking mine. At Sundance, like all film festivals, I’ve always felt there was a very defined class structure between features and documentaries. I don’t like the fact that you hae to … play up some angle to give the press to help garner attention.

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