A sequel to the critically acclaimed My First Movie, Stephen Lowenstein once again talks to some of our most celebrated filmmakers about their debut films. Lowenstein interviews ten directors about their career-launching film and how they got the movie off the ground: how they raised the finance, found actors, searched for locations, worked with the crew and saw the project through to completion. Filmmakers interviewed include Richard Linklater on Slacker; Alejandro González Iñárritu on Amores Perros; Terry Gilliam on Jabberwocky; and Sam Mendes on American Beauty. A wonderfully rich compendium that is lively, informative, funny, and often surprising.
“Richly readable. . . . There's more casual poetry in this slim volume than in all the reviews you'll read this year.”
—Los Angeles Times
“Rollicking. . . . In this moment of extreme uncertainty for the future of art-house cinema, it is heartening that My First Movie devotes so much time to lesser-known, if beloved, foreign directors.”
—San Francisco Chronicle
“Inspiring. . . . [Lowenstein's] second book of questions for directors is a solid read for those in the business and those who observe it.” —Filmmaker