Odds & Sods

Seen & overheard at Tribeca and HotDocs
June 1, 2003

Tribeca Film Festival, May 3 to 11, 2003, New York, U.S.

‘The thing that gets me up at 4 A.M., terrified, is how do I tell a good story?’

- U.S. filmmaker Ken Burns, Jazz

‘My films never make money, but I always pay the people [in them].’

- U.S.-based filmmaker Aaron Matthews, My American Girls: A Dominican Story

‘Technology is what has allowed us to stay alive as filmmakers.’

- U.S. filmmaker Chris Hegedus, The War Room, on broadcasters’ shrinking per-project budgets

‘If you’re making a politically sensitive film, don’t go to American institutions for funding. Same for anything criticizing American corporations.’

- U.K. filmmaker Nick Broomfield, Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer

Hot Docs, April 25 to May 4, 2003, Toronto, Canada

‘We’re not a factual company, we’re a documentary production company – there’s a big difference.’

- Phil Grabsky, filmmaker, Seventh Art Productions, U.K.

‘What’s a format?’

- Michael Burns, program director/acquisitions,

The Documentary Channel, Canada

‘People would rather watch The Simpsons, and frankly, so would I.’

- Former Discovery exec Chris Haws,

on the ‘stodgy’ docs from risk-averse broadcasters

‘If broadcasters cover a topic in a 10-minute segment on a public affairs show, they feel the subject has been done. This is a problem.’

- Monique Simard, producer, Les Productions Virage, Canada

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.