By Mike Ambs, November 20th, 2009

Scott Macaulay has been the chief-editor of Filmmaker Magazine for over 15 years – of which he has also produced a long list of award winning features under his production company, Forensic Films: Raising Victor Vargas, Gummo, Julien donkey-boy, Saving Face, What Happened Was, The Wife, The Chateau and Idlewild – to name a few.

But aside from his impressive history both behind the lens and behind the printing press – what is most encouraging about Scott is his commitment to the art of film.

In the first of our Q & A below, Scott stresses his hope that technology is bringing us back to a culture of “cinematic experimentation”. It can be rare to hear someone, who has been in “the business” for as long as Scott has, rooting for the indie film, the low-budget film, the unorthodox film. Stories that don’t sell toys per say, but spark ideas and emotion that produce change: culturally, politically, personally.

Scott will be moderating the panel discussion “Personas in the Digital Age” with Micki Krimmel and Marc Horowitz.

Q & A:

What excites you about the future?

The possibility that all of this technological and economic change will have the effect of reconnecting independent film to progressive culture and true cinematic experimentation.

What’s a site you couldn’t live without?

I’m something of an internet addict but I haven’t embraced the tenets of recovery yet, so there is no site that I am powerless before.

What’s something you wish you would have known before you found out the hard way?

That things usually work out in the end (except when they don’t).

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