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Thursday, January 18, 2007

IndieSeen Favorite: Quentin Tarantino

Ok, here's a director that just makes us wet...
Quentin Tarantino is the most respected, prominent, and talented independent filmmakers of our generation. He started out as the nerdy video store clerk that would spend 90% of his time watching movies, ya know...that guy. But that guy has become one of the most prolific directors of the 21st century. It all started out with this low budget INDIE film called Reservoir Dogs. He took the money he made from selling the screenplay True Romance a mere 25K at the time, to make the feature length film.

Well you know the's all about who you know. Tarantino was pals with producing partner Lawrence Bender and Bender was taking an acting class at the time. Coincidentally, Harvey Keitel's wife taught the class and and Bender mentioned his friend just wrote a great script about a jewelry heist. Keitel's wife loved the script and felt confident enough to let her husband read it too. Keitel was SO impressed that not only did he decide to star in the film, but he also wanted to executive produce it. DAMN!

Reservoir Dogs became the breakout film of 1992 and won several awards. It was well received at all of the major film festivals, from Sundance to Cannes and it became one of the most innovative and influential indie film of the decade. Tarantino has gone on to make films such as Pulp Fiction in which the film was nominated for an Oscar and Tarantino walked away with an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

Movies like Jackie Brown, Kill Bill Vol 1 & 2, Sin City, are movies that lay indelibly printed on the conscience of ALL filmmakers. Now he has another collaboration with friend and producing partner Robert Rodriguez in the new film due out April of this year called Grindhouse. This guy keeps making hit after hit and has an unconventional way of storytelling that has become an anomaly in cinema. He is truly now an icon for every individual who wants to become a great director.

Tarantino once said:

"Movies are my religion and God is my patron. I'm lucky enough to be in the position where I don't make movies to pay for my pool. When I make a movie, I want it to be everything to me; like I would die for it."

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