The movie that made me want to make movies was "Blue Velvet."

— Steven Shainberg

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Like all independent movies, the first thing you're looking for is a name actor who will justify your financing.

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I think a lot of young women are probably fearful or embarrassed or cautious or hiding whatever their particular sexuality might be. From the most odd to the just slightly abberrant.

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You hear this said about actors sometimes, that they're fearless, but she [ Maggie Gyllenhaal] really is.

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You don't make movies about "men" and "women.

" You make movies about this guy and this woman and if you get them right, you'll automatically connect with a lot of people.

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Theres a kind of dream that movies sell to people: You can start as the lowliest person and rise to the top. Hit Me doesnt sell this fantasy.

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I love moving through long spaces and being enclosed.

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Who could be more desperate than filmmakers?

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Diane Arbus is one of the most mysterious, enigmatic, and frighteningly daring artists of the 20th century. Her work emerged from a deeply private place and profoundly affected all those who came into contact with it.

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I peeled off La Brea and went home and instantly made a reservation to come back to New York. Essentially, I fired everybody that was in my life, my agent, my lawyer, my manager, my girlfriend and came back to New York.

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I would define independent film as a movie that is not financed by any of the smaller film companies. Because then, those are movies that in all likelihood are made without stars. And then they have to rely just on the material.

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The problem with most love stories in my opinion is that they're too simplistic.

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