Hickenlooper: ‘Indie Film Has Become Pottery-Barn Cinema’
George Hickenlooper, who abruptly died at 47 in Denver on Saturday morning as he was preparing for a film festival screening of his new film “Casino Jack,” had a career that spanned genres.
He made acclaimed documentaries, including the “Apocalypse Now” chronicle “Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse”and narrative features, among them Andy Warhol protégé Edie Sedgwick, “Factory Girl.”
“In the last 30 years, independent film has become what I call Pottery Barn cinema. It’s a little bit ostentatious, it’s beautiful to look at, but it’s lost its sense of storytelling,” he told Steve Pond in an interview at Toronto Film Festival.
“They’re used to seeing movies that are pure satire, because the commodification of American cinema has gone that way. In order to sell a movie, you have to make it fit the model.”