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Steve McQueen accepts Best Director at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards, dedicates award to John Cassavetes

In 1989, I first saw a John Cassavetes movie and it stunned me because I didn’t know who this guy was and it changed my life. It really did. Shadows, Opening Night… all those movies about trying to find something and not knowing what you’re looking for. And, I wanna dedicate this not just to John Cassavetes but also to Solomon Northup who inspired me to look and try to find the truth in whatever we try to find it in.

Jenny Runacre and John Cassavetes in Husbands


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"If John Cassavetes, my friend and mentor, were alive today, he would certainly be using all the equipment that’s available. But he would be saying the same things he always said – you have to be absolutely dedicated to the work, you have to give everything of yourself, and you have to protect the spark of connection that drove you to make the picture in the first place. You have to protect it with your life. In the past, because making movies was so expensive, we had to protect against exhaustion and compromise. In the future, you’ll have to steel yourself against something else: the temptation to go with the flow, and allow the movie to drift and float away."

- Martin Scorsese in a letter addressed to his daughter, January 2nd, 2014 (x)