The music is all from my personal collection. A lot of the attitude, and the feelings of alienation, disenfranchisement and anger, comes from the music. I'm much more into buying CDs than I am into keeping up with current movies. - about his music in his films.
I couldn't make movies like this if I started to worry about what Jerry Falwell is going to have to say about it.
Small distributors have become like mini-studios. There's an expectation at this point, with these runaway successes like Napoleon Dynamite, that every film needs to make tons and tons of money to be successful. But the old-school independent movies like Mysterious Skin, movies that attack a challenging subject, need companies like Tartan.