Why I Do This

When I first created this page back in 1994, it encompassed only one director, Quentin Tarantino. At first, the only title I had for the page was "Quentin Tarantino". However, I had a picture of Tarantino near the top of the page with "Quentin Tarantino, A God Among Men" below it. After a while, it was by this title that the page became known inside the Quentin Tarantino newsgroup. So, on the next update, I made that the official title. I should explain first that it was Tarantino who gave me my interest in filmmaking. Before I saw Reservoir Dogs I was simply a movie fan. I watched about 10 videos a week, at least. After I saw Reservoir Dogs, I was blown away by the power with which Tarantino was able to tell a story through dialogue. This was also about the same time that I first got on the internet, and one of the first places that I became a regular visitor to was the alt.fan.tarantino newsgroup. It was there that I became aware of the mystique of Quentin Tarantino, and there where my interest in film blossomed. Since then, my knowledge of film has expanded exponentially, and to encompass the films of a great deal of filmmakers, both independent and studio oriented. Some of those filmmakers are Jim Jarmusch, Hal Hartley, Kevin Smith, John Woo, Robert Rodriguez, the great Martin Scorsese, John Cassavetes, Sidney Lumet, Woody Allen, the king of documentary film Errol Morris, Atom Egoyan, and many more. These are all great filmmakers, some better than others, but all of them have had an influence in my life, and my desire to become a filmmaker. The focus of this page is on those directors who have worked outside of the Hollywood mainstream, in the independent film sector. For the time being, it will continue to focus on those directors. I'm not going to focus on those filmmakers inside the Hollywood system for right now. I don't feel it necessary to work on a page about Steven Spielberg, for instance. While he has made some amazing films which I appreciate very much, I would much rather focus my time on a director whose films are not as appreciated as much. I want people to know about Atom Egoyan's Exotica, or Kevin Smith's Chasing Amy and Clerks, or Hal Hartley's Trust, or Robert Rodriguez's El Mariachi, or Errol Morris' Gates of Heaven or Thin Blue Line. I want people to know about those films, not the big budget blockbusters like Lost World: Jurassic Park, or Independence Day or Men In Black. That's not to say that I didn't enjoy those films. I did, in the sense that they were meant to be enjoyed, but that's not what I want to focus on in this page.

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