By Lance Weiler, March 27th, 2009

Thirty years ago, Martin Scorsese made a film about his friend Steven Prince entitled American Boy. Over time American Boy would become known as Scorsese’s lost film – a cult classic that lives on in bootlegs and via torrent files. Last week at SXSW Tommy Pallotta premiered the next chapter in Steven Prince’s saga entitled American Prince. During the discussion Tommy explains what drew him to Steven Prince who played the gun salesman in Taxi Driver and who’s own life experience inspired a very well known scene in Pulp Fiction . Tommy also shares why he’s decided to release the film via bittorrent for free.

For more on Tommy and the film visit www.americanprincemovie.com

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Lance Weiler is the founder of the WorkBook Project and also a story architect of film, tv and games. He's written and directed two feature films THE LAST BROADCAST and HEAD TRAUMA. He's currently developing a number of transmedia projects.

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  • What an interesting path from idea through to completion and success. Her insight into not allowing other peoples value system of "what should be important to you vs. what is really the reason you make" movies was wonderful. I'm impressed, given the whirlwind of the Oscar experience, that she had the foresight to pull back and realize it so clearly.

    And, without intentionally sounding like a suck up, thanks for your continued open source approach to film making. If I had any success worthy of mention at this point, I would approach sharing of knowledge the same way :)

    What I like the most is that these interviews are allowed to grow organically as they are not forced to fit into a television interview time frame/format. And this allows the filmmakers to effectively express themselves with as much detail as they feel is required. Great stuff. I feel like I'm getting a free film making lesson every week!

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