Filmmaker Ana Lily Amirpour visited us here at AFS shortly after completing filming on her new movie THE BAD BATCH which stars Jason Momoa, Keanu Reeves and Jim Carrey. She presented a screening (with an unforgettable Q&A) of her film A GIRL WALKS HOME AT NIGHT and then sat with AFS members at Austin Studios for a Moviemaker Dialogue. The discussion was no less funny or vulgar than the raucous session at the theater the night before, but her advice was sincere and should be taken to heart by everyone who makes films or wants to.
The part about how filmmakers need to be like BACK TO THE FUTURE's Doc Brown will stick with me forever. Doc Brown is not motivated by money or fame. He lives a hermit's existence. But he is obsessed with his work. That, according to Amirpour, is an apt metaphor for the life and work of a filmmaker.
Here's the podcast. Enjoy.