Thursday, November 13, 2014

From Indiewire: Nick Toti on the Non-Profit Model for Commercially Hopeless Filmmakers


"For the first time in the history of this still young medium, we have the potential to reach wide audiences with the most personal, idiosyncratic, boundary-pushing, formally audacious, exploratory, gonzo, batshit, soul-destroying cinema that has ever been made—exactly the kind of cinema that makes no financial sense." - Nick Toti, Interesting Productions

Nick Toti and Matt Latham seem like omnipresent figures in the Austin film scene. You will frequently see them watching films at the Marchesa and discussing them with other film lovers after the show, making disturbing shorts around town and screening them in demented post-Savage Gold sessions, and screening their disquieting new feature YOU ARE YOUR BODY/YOU ARE NOT YOUR BODY for hundreds at the Alamo Drafthouse.

Now Nick has spelled out their philosophy of making films that have zero commercial value - and surviving - in this Indiewire article. This is a thought-provoking article, particularly for filmmakers who aren't exactly looking to break out, but rather to keep making films for a likely limited-sized but growing audience.

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