"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…
"When 'Sick' showed at Sundance (in 1997), I had no idea what would happen. I was worried that people were going to riot after the screening. They didn't riot. In fact, I won the directing prize."
I had workshopped 'Walking and Talking' at Sundance so getting in wasn't much of a surprise. Your film would have to be pretty bad to get workshopped there and not make it into the festival. But the…
Sundance made my career. In 12 hours I went from being a guy who had a job at a convenience store to being a guy with a career. What was really funny about that is that everyone who could have…
In the early 1990s, the independent film world clearly stood for something -- thoughtful, artistic films that were the opposite of big-budget Hollywood studio escapist fare. The ascendancy of the…
Has directing spoiled acting for you?
"Cinderella Man," the riches-to-rags-to-riches story of Depression-era boxer Jim Braddock, was a script that had been floating around Hollywood for years, but Russell Crowe took a shine to it and…
When Paul Giamatti signed on to play Joe Gould, Russell Crowe's cornerman in Ron Howard's Depression-era boxing biopic "Cinderella Man," he did so to play a type.
If there's a pattern to Ron Howard's increasingly distinguished oeuvre, it's a commitment to classic Hollywood-styled craftsmanship and humane storytelling. With Depression-era boxing biopic…
With his Oscar nominated adaptation of last year's "Million Dollar Baby," Paul Haggis went from TV scribe oblivion to instant A-list status in Hollywood. That his follow-up was "Crash" -- an…