Words matter. These are the best R. J. Cutler Quotes, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.
I discovered the theater when I was in the first grade.
We hope the stories of the 14 kids in ‘American High’ provide something for many people to relate to.
With ‘If I Stay,’ I want you to feel that the whole story is being told from a larger, spiritual point of view. So the beginning is very theatrical.
If I had to name my favorite media personality, it would be a tie between Jon Stewart and Trey Parker/Matt Stone. Honest, wise, funny, and right. Sam Sifton was right up there when he was writing food criticism for the ‘New York Times.’
I’m big into not drawing conclusions for people. I think that’s what makes for the most exciting, compelling films. I get bored when the politics of the filmmaker are the subject of the film that I see.
Feature filmmaking is a very powerful medium. It has a hold on me now.
Cheney refers to his vice presidency… as one of the most consequential vice presidencies in American history. And it clearly was.
The great thing about ‘American High’ is that, every year, you can do a completely different environment.
In both the world of fashion and politics, what’s required to succeed is passion, dedication, and vision.
As with the subjects in all of my films, the incentive is left to the subject to determine on their own. I never ask someone why they say yes to me. After all, if you invited someone to join you for dinner, and they accepted your invitation, your next question wouldn’t be, ‘Why are you saying yes?’
No matter how much you’ve done before, you wonder if there will be a light at the end of this particular tunnel. It’s the nature of the beast, and it’s a part of what compels us. Every movie is a new lesson you learn making your way through it.
It’s my approach as a filmmaker always to go in, not with a thesis or preconceived notion, but with curiosity and questions and inquiry. So in some way, I’m always surprised. I’m always finding paths of engagement.
The presidency made John Adams an old man long before there was television. As early as the nation’s first contested presidential election, with Adams and Jefferson running to succeed Washington, you had a brutal, ugly, vicious campaign that was divisive and as partisan as anything we’re experiencing today.
On some level, you could say you wouldn’t have ‘In Style Magazine’ at all had Anna Wintour not decided to put celebrities on the cover of ‘Vogue’ from her earliest years as Editor in Chief.
We’re having such a great time on ‘Nashville’ that building on the relationship seemed an obvious next step. Lionsgate is the perfect home for the kind of scripted television I want to produce and direct.
Throughout the day, I frequently use my iPhone to check ‘Deadline Hollywood’ and my Twitter feed, as well as the ‘Daily Beast,’ the ‘New York Times,’ ‘Metsblog,’ and ‘Thejetsblog.’
I was watching ‘The September Issue’ in the back of a theater in New York, and I thought, ‘I know I really can do this with actors.’
I believe a democracy needs men and women of conviction in its positions of leadership in order for us to succeed. That’s the subject of ‘A Perfect Candidate,’ a film I made 20 years ago about Oliver North and Charles Robb.
As a filmmaker, my approach is to come in not with preconceived notions, but with curiosity, and in that way, whether my subjects are James Carville or Anna Wintour or Dick Cheney, I am always surprised.
Whatever storytelling muscles you’ve developed as a documentary filmmaker will be extremely helpful as a narrative filmmaker.
I think the biggest challenge we faced in making ‘The September Issue’ was the fact that people in the fashion world are very suspicious of cameras. They’re used to a camera being the enemy, something that is prying and looking to catch you in a compromising position, something that’s judging you.
I work in the film business, where schmoozing is an art form, lunch hour lasts from 12:30 until 3, and every meeting takes an hour whether there’s an hour’s worth of business or not.
I first thought about doing a project about Anna Wintour and ‘Vogue’ when I read an article in ‘New York Magazine’ about the Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute Ball, the annual fundraising gala that Anna oversees. It created such a fascinating portrait that I couldn’t help but be compelled.
‘The September Issue’ is really a film about Anna Wintour’s relationship with long time ‘Vogue’ Creative Director Grace Coddington. The two of them have been working together for two decades, and the extraordinary symbiosis between them has left an indelible mark on the fashion industry.
If ever we deserved a candidate at this moment in our culture, that candidate is Donald Trump.
I don’t think it’s a coincidence that ‘The War Room’ and ‘A Perfect Candidate’ are films that have been consistently shown and available for rental for 20 years. These are films that are more about the moment in which they were filmed: they also have a great deal to say about larger issues about who we are as a country.
I’m very curious to know what it’s like, death – I always say to my wife, ‘I wonder if we’ll have the ‘New York Times’ when we’re dead.’
I will say this: I think ‘Big Brother’ is the biggest snooze known to mankind.
I always find myself gravitating toward stories of transformation, and one of those periods is teenage life. When teenagers are figuring out who they are and have one foot in childhood and the other in adulthood – I think that’s a really mythic moment to tell stories about.
Living in L.A. keeps me in my car a lot, and I’m constantly flipping back and forth between the following Sirius/XM Radio stations: NFL Radio, MLB Radio, POTUS, MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News.