Lloyd Kaufman Quotes

  1. That DMC Act is a disgrace. And the problem with independent art in this country is that independent artists have been economically blacklisted.
  2. Movies are art and the spirit of the movie depends on the creators.
  3. In our racist, sexist society, Christmas is the eight hours when we stop killing each other and gratuitous overeating is encouraged so that the starving and other people in the world can die!
  4. I’m from the ’60s, but no one has ever accused me of being a hippie. I never had much interest in the Woodstock crowd, which partied to change the world, while real people were starving to death in Africa.
  5. I majored in Chinese Studies. I’m probably the only director of chicken Indian zombie movies who can speak pretty good Mandarin.
  6. ‘Fast Food Nation’ was boring and aimed at yuppies, and yuppies don’t eat fast food.
  7. There is no way I could have ever dared to make a documentary, much less have the money to make a documentary, if it was on 16mm. But, with the magic of digital.
  8. The thing I find about the movie industry is that 99 percent of the people are absolute scum. They’re horrible people, they really are. Very nasty killer rabbits who hate movies. But the other 1 percent are really the greatest, most wonderful people in the world.
  9. In our racist, sexist society, Christmas is the 8 hours when we stop killing each other and gratutious over eating is encouraged so that the starving and other people in the world can die!
  10. My favorite film is always the one that I most recently worked on.
  11. My roommate at Yale University introduced me to the auteur theory of filmmaking. I soon became a big fan of the works of John Ford, Kenji Mizoguchi, Ernst Lubitsch, and Stan Brakhage. I then decided to make my own films!
  12. If someone offered me a hundred million dollars to make a movie? I would first remind him that there are 850 million people in the world who don’t have enough to eat.
  13. I don’t make crappy movies. I spend two or three years making a film. I don’t take myself seriously, but I take my movies very seriously.
  14. Comedy is not commercial; it is risky, because what is funny in one place isn’t always funny somewhere else.
  15. I like fat people more then I like thin people, things are always a lot more funnier when they happen to fat people.
  16. I hope that all new filmmakers see that the Internet and social media are helpful tools in establishing a fan base as well as being able to interact with your fans.
  17. I believe that independent film making is the last frontier of creative expression available. So I’m always willing to lend a helping hand to a young film maker who’s just getting into the business.
  18. It is up to us to produce better-quality movies.
  19. The dean of the American Film Institute has written that I’m one of the very few auteurs in America. I’ve had freedom for 40 years to create art that is totally personal and is what I believe in.

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