"I'm interested in the stuff I do being seen as widely as possible but I'm not interested enough to lie."
Meet one of the most independent voices in American cinema, the director of films including Lone Star, Silver City, Matewan, and Secaucus 7.
Sayles was the original do-it-yourselfer. Even though his budgets have increased over the years - from $40,000 for Secaucus 7 to $4.5 million for Limbo (1999) - his basic MO hasn't really changed. His methodical, buccaneering approach to film has become something of a legend in the Hollywood system.
You might not know that Academy Award nominee Sayles has also been nominated for the National Book Award and received the O. Henry short story award.
He returns to Albuquerque to discuss and sign his new book A Moment in the Sun, a vast, kaleidoscopic panorama of the turn of the last century that recalls Dos Passos' USA Trilogy, Doctorow's Ragtime, and Pynchon's Against the Day. Sayles' new film Amigocomes from the content of this book.
This mammoth book recalls E.L. Doctorow's Ragtime, Pynchon's Against the Day, and Dos Passos's USA trilogy, tracking mostly unconnected characters whose collective stories create a vast, kaleidoscopic panorama of the turn of the last century. The inspiration for Sayles' most recent film Amigo comes from this book.
"In his most spectacular work of fiction to date, filmmaker Sayles combines wonder and outrage in a vigorous dramatization of overlooked and downright shameful aspects of turn-of-the-nineteenth-century America.... Crackling with rare historical details, spiked with caustic humor, and fueled by incandescent wrath over racism, sexism, and serial injustice against working people, Sayles' hard-driving yet penetrating and compassionate saga explicates the 'fever dream' of commerce, the crimes of war, and the dream of redemption."-Donna Seaman, Booklist