I think you make three films in the course of making one movie. You write a film that you think is going to be the movie you make; then you shoot another film and that’s the movie. But actually the only movie is the third one that comes from the editing process.
MoMA Film celebrates filmmaker Ira Sachs through August 3! Watch a clip from his latest, Little Men, which Vulture calls “one of the best scenes of the year,” and get your tickets to our screening on August 3 featuring a Q&A with Sachs and the film’s star Michael Barbieri.
[Little Men. 2016. USA. Directed by Ira Sachs. Screenplay by Mauricio Zacharias, Ira Sachs. With Jennifer Ehle, Alfred Molina, Greg Kinnear. 85 min.]
There’s a level of freedom I find really exciting, even though you might be working under financial restraint and the constraint of time. Time is a luxury, and every little moment is important. Maybe it’s a bit romantic of me, but I think the really beautiful thing about independent film is that no one is there for the paycheck. People are there because they believe in the project. That in itself is a good enough reason to be there.
See the world through Ira Sachs’s eyes. Now screening through August 3, The New York–based filmmaker’s intimate work looks at relationships, love, sexuality, gay identity, family life, social issues, and city lifestyles with subtlety and nuance, depicting people’s day-to-day struggles with isolation, individuality, and learning how to communicate in wider circles.
The goal is always an economically sustainable career, which inevitably draws indie filmmakers to television. With independent film, you can count on two hands – let’s hope its two hands! – the artists who can maintain economic stability and continue making films. It’s very challenging. Instead of being nostalgic or harkening to any kind of self-pity, I try to go back to Cassavetes, Orson Welles and similar filmmakers who I love who were not handed the opportunity to make their work on a silver platter. So if you consider independent film as not a subset of Hollywood but as an opportunity for economic freedom, then it can be inspiring. You have to earn that freedom, however, which is something I strive to do.