In this episode I am talking with Jeremy Gardener and Christian Stella. Two of the creators behind the wildly popular zombie film "The Battery" and the upcoming "Tex Montana Will Survive". We discuss what it was like to make an indie film for 6k dollars, what happened after the film came out, and how their experiences have made them want to change the way they approach distribution by offering their latest film for free.
To learn more about their crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter go to www.texmontana.com
Nancy Gerstman is co-president and co-founder of Zeitgeist Films. She has worked in all aspects of film distribution and exhibition including a stint at Landmark Theatre Corp., the largest independent theatre chain in the US. She is in demand as a juror, panelist and commentator on issues related to independent and foreign language film and is Permanent Artist-in-Residence in the Master's Program in Media and Communication Arts at CCNY. She was born in Queens, New York.
Zeitgeist Films is a New York-based distribution company founded in 1988. We acquire and distribute the finest independent films from the U.S. and around the world.
Zeitgeist has distributed first films by such notable directors as Todd Haynes, Christopher Nolan, Francois Ozon, Atom Egoyan and the Quay Brothers. Our catalog includes films from the world's most outstanding filmmakers including Agnes Varda, Guy Maddin, Olivier Assayas, Jia Zhang-ke, Abbas Kiarostami, Derek Jarman, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Peter Greenaway, Philippe Garrel, Yvonne Rainer, Jan Svankmajer, Andrei Zyvagintsev, Laura Poitras, Astra Taylor and Raoul Peck.
Zeitgeist is renowned for ground-breaking documentaries which include THE CORPORATION, TROUBLE THE WATER, LAST TRAIN HOME, MY COUNTRY, MY COUNTRY, BALLETS RUSSES, MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES, INTO GREAT SILENCE, THE GLEANERS AND I, DERRIDA, UP THE YANGTZE and BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK.
Six Zeitgeist films have been nominated for Academy Awards and one, NOWHERE IN AFRICA, won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Our films have been honored by festivals throughout the world with Grand Prizes at Cannes, Berlin, Sundance, Tribeca, and IDFA in Amsterdam.
The Museum of Modern Art honored Zeitgeist with a month-long, 20th anniversary retrospective of our films in 2008.
Today I'm talking with one of my heroes, legendary film producer Roger Corman. In this interview we discuss what filmmaking is like today for the Hollywood veteran and we discuss some of Corman's favorite memories and films.
We also hear from Jonathan Demme and Ron Howard about their experience working with Mr. Corman as well as a fun clip from Conan.