Filmmaker Derek Cianfrance

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Filmmaker Derek Cianfrance made a name for himself with this 2010 film Blue Valentine, starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. The movie got critical acclaim and Williams was nominated for an Oscar. His new movie, The Place Beyond the Pines, is a gritty drama that also stars Ryan Gosling along with Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Rose Byrne and Ray Liotta. The movie premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival where Focus Features bought it for domestic distribution. 

The Business producer Darby Maloney talked with Cianfrance in Toronto about working with Gosling and about his arc as a filmmaker. Cianfrance used to think that the art and business of movie making were at odds. But then he became a father and realized he needed to take jobs to pay rent and buy diapers. It was then that he realized it was "delusional" to keep himself from working; that the practice he got shooting genital warts campaigns and MTV documentaries made him a better filmmaker.

(Note: This interview originally aired on September 24, 2012.)




Kim Masters