Today we’re talking to award-winning director John Gallagher about his prolific work as an independent filmmaker, educator, and film historian. During our conversation, John discusses how the digital revolution has impacted the film industry. He also reveals how young artists can harness emerging technologies to find financing and self-distribution, talks about his newest film The Networker, and reveals what it really takes to run a creative team.
- The most important aspects of filmmaking
- Building your reputation within the streaming space
- Why it’s never been a better time for filmmakers
- The real deal with content discovery and marketing in the film industry
- John’s definitive movie list
John Gallagher is an influential and award-winning filmmaker, director, writer, producer, author, historian and educator. He has a highly regarded, encyclopedic knowledge of films and filmmaking, and an exceptional track record in discovering and mentoring new talent, both in front of and behind the camera.
He wrote and directed the critically acclaimed feature Blue Moon starring screen legends Ben Gazzara and Rita Moreno, and also directed and co-wrote the award-winning cult comedy The Deli, now celebrating its 20th anniversary. His newest film, The Networker, starring Sean Young and William Forsythe was released in April, and he will direct the dramatic feature Heavy Shadows as well as the comedy drama Sarah Q (starring longtime colleagues Tony Sirico and Vincent Pastore) in the spring of 2017.
John is also the acclaimed author of Film Directors on Directing (a collection of his interviews with such filmmakers as Francois Truffaut and Dennis Hopper) and his newest books, Nothing Sacred: The Cinema of William Wellman and Hollywood’s Forgotten Master: the Life and Times of Tay Garnett, will be published later this year. His articles on films and filmmaking have appeared in Rolling Stone, American Cinematographer, and Films in Review, among others.
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