How I Gave Up on the Film Industry and Did What I Loved, Part 2

How I Gave Up on the Film Industry and Did What I Loved, Part 2

By Jacob Kornbluth

So there I was.  I had totally given up on my film career in LA, and gone to live in Berkeley, CA.  In trying to put together a fiction film, I had met Robert Reich and become friends with him.  Reich and I had started making short videos together, they were successful, and I had begun thinking about how to make a film about what had happened to the American economy and the Middle class.  But I had no idea where to start.

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How I Gave Up on the Film Industry and Did What I Loved, Part 1

How I Gave Up on the Film Industry and Did What I Loved, Part 1

 By Jacob Kornbluth

My first documentary, Inequality For All, opens theatrically on September 27 in the top 25 markets.  This is an extraordinary release for a doc, and I couldn’t be any more proud of the film. 

As I go from film fest to film fest, people ask me all the time – when did you get the idea for the film?  The strange but true answer is this: I got the idea for the film when I gave up on the film industry. 

 

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Chicken with Plums opens in NY today!  This gem won’t be coming to SF/Bay Area until September. Sigh. NY, always ahead with their premieres…unless you saw it at SFIFF55 with Marjane Satrapi in person! Trump this NY:

Marjane Satrapi, codirector of CHICKEN WITH PLUMS, at the 55th San Francisco International Film Festival, April 30, 2012. Photo by Tommy Lau.

Marjane Satrapi, codirector of Chicken with Plums, at the 55th San Francisco International Film Festival, April 30, 2012. Photo by Tommy Lau.