In England, I'm a horror movie director. In Germany, I'm a filmmaker. In the US, I'm a bum.
— John Carpenter

We probably do not have a large enough industry here to ably support the independent filmmaker to move in and out. Much of the industry is based on full-time jobs here, institutionalised jobs.
Ann Macbeth filmmaker quote

I'd have been a filmmaker or a cartoonist or something else which extended from the visual arts into the making of narratives if I hadn't been able to shift into fiction.
— Jonathan Lethem

I think one of the privileges of being a filmmaker is the opportunity to remain a kind of perpetual student.
— Edward Zwick

There is no reason why challenging themes and engaging stories have to be mutually exclusive - in fact, each can fuel the other. As a filmmaker, I want to entertain people first and foremost. If out of that comes a greater awareness and understanding of a time or a circumstance, then the hope is that change can happen.
— filmmaker quotation by Edward Zwick