10 Producers to Watch 2012: Adam Sherman

Adam Sherman, a writer-director in his own right, leaped at the chance to produce the latest film from director Larry Clark, a man he considers his friend and inspiration.

Sherman, whose credits include “Happiness Runs” and “Crazy Eyes,” met the “Marfa Girl” director about five years ago and struck up an instant friendship. Sherman was excited to bond with someone whose work he admired, while Clark was captivated by stories of Sherman’s formative years on a hippie commune in Vermont (which inspired “Runs”). Despite a significant age difference — Clark will soon turn 70, double Sherman’s age — the pair found common ground in film and art.

Producing a movie for a pal can test a friendship, and when they teamed up professionally Sherman discovered Clark’s methods turn the production process into a constant challenge.

“Larry comes up with everything as he goes along and changes his mind about things,” Sherman says. “Things aren’t scripted, we don’t know how many cast, we don’t know what we’re gonna need even in terms of props and locations. He’ll be like, ‘Dude, I want to shoot in that house!’ That’s what makes his films so unique.”

Sherman speaks proudly of the Texas-set indie, which won top honors at November’s Rome Film Festival and is available for streaming on Clark’s website. Next, Sherman plans to apply the knowledge he gained from “Marfa” to a formal producing role on his own projects.

“I feel like I’ll be able to have more creative freedom as a director,” Sherman says. “There’ll be no one to argue with me about what actress or what location. When I’m a producer I don’t do that. I didn’t have those kinds of arguments with Larry.”

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