Filmmakers Danfung Dennis (Hell and Back Again) and Marshall Curry (If A Tree Falls) appeared separately on NPR this week to discuss their respective films — both of which have been nominated for an Academy Award. Listen to the interviews with host Neal Conan, below:
Hell and Back Again
"After so many years of war, society's become numb to pictures of conflict, and so I felt like I had to move into a new medium to try to shake people from their indifference." — Danfung Dennis on Hell and Back Again
(The documentary will premiere on Independent Lens on May 24 and nationwide on Memorial Day).
If A Tree Falls
"Part of the story is a look at a small ... faction of the environmental movement which became disaffected and began to feel like the democratic process wasn't working, and they needed to do more radical actions." — Marshall Curry on If A Tree Falls
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