Inspiring Quotes from Avant Garde Filmmakers

This weekend, I will be hosting the Concrete Dream Film Festival, founded by Mulholland Drive actress Rena Riffel.  Part of preparing for this event has been to take a deep dive back into my film school days to rediscover avant garde, experimental and arthouse film.

Here are some gems I found!

Alejandro Jodorowsky

“Birds born in a cage think flying is an illness.”

“Failure doesn’t mean anything, it just means changing paths.”

“One does not go to the theater to escape from himself, but to reestablish contact with the mystery that we all are.”

“For a true artist, difficulties become opportunities and clouds become solid present.”

“Most directors make films with their eyes; I make films with my testicles.”

Maya Deren

I make my pictures for what Hollywood spends on lipstick.

Jonas Mekas

As a film-maker and a poet, I feel it’s my duty to be an eye and an antenna to what’s happening around me.

I live, therefore I make films. I make film, therefore I live.

Man Ray

To create is divine, to reproduce is human.

An original is a creation motivated by desire.

David Lynch

Life is very, very complicated, and so films should be allowed to be, too.

Yoko Ono

Art is like breathing for me. If I don’t do it, I start to choke.

Art is my life and my life is art. Yoko Ono

Andy Warhol

Art is what you can get away with.

Kenneth Anger

Making a movie is casting a spell.

Luis Bunuel

Mystery is the essential element of every work of art.

The Concrete Dreams Film Festival is June 11-16 in Los Angeles, CA.  For tickets and information, click here.  This year, there will be a special guest appearance by cinema icon Phillipe Mora, who will be presenting the Phillipe Mora Award for Filmmaking.

Horror Talk with Kristin West

This weekend may be all Easter bunnies and egg hunts, but for those of you wanting a scare, check out Domain of Horror‘s “Horror Talk”, my newest collaboration. filmfest We interview top names in indie horror and TV in Los Angeles.  Recent guests have included Tony Moran, Debra Lamb, Rena Riffel, Sheri Davis, Nikki Guzman and Armin Nasseri.  Subscribe today!  New episodes coming soon, including interviews with Bill Oberst Jr., dubbed the “king of indie horror” and folks from the creative team of the new movie “Corbin Nash

“Horror Talk” videos are hosted on Domain of Horror and YouTube.  Haven’t got time to watch?  Listen wherever you want.  Our episodes are available on Podomatic, iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and others–with more outlets being added soon.

PS:  Tomorrow we have a special episode featuring Rena Riffel of “Mulholland Drive” and horror chef Nikki Guzman coming out.  Subscribe today & don’t miss out!