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The proper route to an understanding of the world is an examination of our errors about it.
I've never had any problem with crazy people. I like crazy people; I probably am a crazy person myself.
But I can say what interests me about documentary is the fact that you don't know how the story ends at the onset - that you are investigating, with a camera, and the story emerges as you go along.
But there's a big difference between, say, reporting on a story and simply making up a story.
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it without a sense of ironic futility.
Maybe existence is ultimately a lonely thing.
Ecstatic absurdity: it's the confrontation with meaninglessness.
Certain kinds of intimacy emerge on a phone call that might never occur if you were sitting right next to the other person.
I used to work as a private detective years and years ago.
I think calling someone a character is a compliment.
Photographs can reveal something to us, and they can also conceal things.
What's great about documentary, it seems to me, is that it can be experimental filmmaking. You have a license to do a lot of diverse things under the umbrella of 'documentary.'
People lie, and they always are very very creative in finding new ways to lie.
A movie is like a tip of an iceberg, in a way, because so little of what you do in connection with making a movie actually gets into the movie. Almost everything gets left behind.
Forty years ago this country went down a rabbit hole in Vietnam and millions died. I fear we're going down a rabbit hole once again - and if people can stop and think and reflect on some of the ideas and issues in this movie, perhaps I've done some damn good here!
When 'The Thin Blue Line' came out, I was criticized by many people for using reenactments, as if I wasn't dedicated to the truth because I filmed these scenes. That always and still seems to be nonsensical.
I think an interview, properly considered, should be an investigation. You shouldn't know what the interview will yield. Otherwise, why do it at all?
If you think you're going to create an unposed photograph, think again. There is no such thing.
If you're a journalist - and I think, on some level, I'm a journalist, and proud to be a journalist, or a documentarian, however you want to describe it - part of what I do has to be the pursuit of the truth.
My advice to all interviewers is: Shut up and listen. It's harder than it sounds.
I've been writing a lot more, I believe, because of the Internet. I've been posting stuff that I've written and I've just been writing.
Despite all of our efforts to control something, the world is much, much more powerful than us, and more deranged even than us.
First of all, tabloid stories are some of the richest and most important stories that we have. There's nothing wrong, per se, with tabloid stories.
If everything was planned, it would be dreadful. If everything was unplanned, it would be equally dreadful.
Interviews, when they are just simply an exercise in hearing what you want to hear, are of no interest.
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