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“THE GREATEST” writer-director, Shana Feste

[PREMIERE SCREENING: Saturday, Jan. 17, 3:15 pm — Eccles Theatre, Park City]

It probably would have been smarter if I had thought of kids on a subway watching my movie on their iPod — but then I would have come to the inevitable conclusion that they would never be moved by a drama where you can’t see an actors’ eyes and immediately gotten bored and turned it off. I wanted most of all to make a film similar to the character-driven dramas of the late ’70s that I loved so much as a kid. I can’t imagine those play well on iPods. I would actually never even admit to my d.p. John Bailey that I had seen anything on iTunes — he is such a wonderful film purist that we didn’t even consider doing a DI. So if the current trends in cinema are watching movies on iPods and laptops then sadly, I did not take that into consideration during the conception of my film.

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