In the absence of having gone to film school it's hard to say how my filmmaking would be different. A lot of the documentary filmmakers I know didn't go to film school. Well, actually, that's not true. I know a few who did. I'm not overly concerned with formalistic methods. That may have to do with the fact that I wasn't ever taught them in any kind of formal way. I think my filmmaking has been much more influenced by stories themselves. And I feel like it's something I came to very organically, rather than with a lot of intellectual ideas about what cinema verite is or should be. And I think, therefore, the films that I make take part of a cinema verite style but they're certainly not strictly conforming to that. I'm happy to use what I feel works given the demands of the story and the charac-Liz Garbus. Photo courtesy Moxie Firecracker. ters. That's always
been paramount to me—the story and character. Subject matter is paramount to the formalistic concerns.
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