“TEENAGE PAPARAZZO” | director, Adrian Grenier
[PREMIERE SCREENING: Friday, Jan. 22, 5:15 pm — Racquet Club, Park City]
The hardest decision I had to make was to completely scrap the first cut of the film, start from scratch and completely redo a year and a half of work. After I turned in the film I was still not satisfied, but my investors didn’t want to give me more time or money. There were two choices: wash my hands of it or take drastic measures and defy the will of my investors to go over budget and over schedule. I had no idea if I would succeed in making the film better or if it was worth risking a lawsuit, but I decided to recut the film and take the movie in an entirely new direction. It took me another year to finish the film as it stands. I am much more satisfied with this version and creatively it was worth it. But of course success in this business is not only artistic; I will be completely satisfied with my decision once my investors make their money back.