It seems like every summer film maker is making films, yet I’ve only been able to identify one film with a budget of $100,000 or more. The budget on ‘The Desperate Housewives,’ which is the next project I want to see made, is just a few thousand dollars. But there are plenty of films, like ‘Gone Girl,’ that have huge budgets in the $300,000 or $400,000 range.
What about the Academy award-winning documentary maker?
Well, I’m actually a fan of ‘The Act of Killing’ and ‘The Burden of Truth,’ where you get the sense they really do make a big deal about it. A couple of years ago I was watching a trailer for ‘Nocturnal Animals,’ which was actually based on an interview that Ben Affleck did with Tom Cruise. We ended up talking about the war in Afghanistan and Iraq, and he asked me to look for myself and my family for a few years so he could tell the story. And I watched that trailer and got hooked. Now that I know the story, I think we need to make a movie or film on what the whole situation was like. If we have one film about war — if there were one film that looked at how it happened and looked at who was involved, it would have a big impact. Because it’s a global conflict, it’s a global crisis, and if people understand how it happened, it would be a lot easier to stop it.
If you could find filmmakers you’d like to see on the big screen, who would that be?
Well, you know what, I would not like to see Leonardo DiCaprio or Tom Cruise, because they’re very public actors. I would like to see one filmmaker that would be very private and still be honest and open about what they did and who their family was and why they made what they made.
I want a film that can be made without anybody knowing anything about it. It would be a real movie. It would be a real family drama, but for me, it would be a really intimate film that I could really get into and feel like I had something that I didn’t have a movie because my family never knew they were making it. In the same way, you’d be able to watch a documentary on the Iraq War or the Haiti earthquake and feel the same way.
‘The Act of Killing’ starring Bill Nighy (left) with Mark W
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