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Indie Spirit Award Nominees Talk; Presenters Are Eisenberg, Saldana, Rudd, Wasikowska

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood February 10, 2011 at 10:45AM

Film Independent and Indie Spirits sponsor Jameson Irish Whiskey handed out personal recording devices to the 2011 Spirit Award nominees -- which yielded some nominees' take on their filmmaking experiences. Jennifer Lawrence, Aaron Eckhart, Dale Dickey, Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger are among the folks who addressed such topics as riding bikes in Manhattan, taking baths and giving blood.
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Film Independent and Indie Spirits sponsor Jameson Irish Whiskey handed out personal recording devices to the 2011 Spirit Award nominees -- which yielded some nominees' take on their filmmaking experiences. Jennifer Lawrence, Aaron Eckhart, Dale Dickey, Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger are among the folks who addressed such topics as riding bikes in Manhattan, taking baths and giving blood.

The first announced presenters at the Indie Spirit Awards at the beach in Santa Monica on February 26 are Zoe Saldana, Jesse Eisenberg, Paul Rudd and Mia Wasikowska.

In the following 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards interviews, the nominees establish their own style and talk about their first Spirit Award memories.

In three words, describe the experience of working on an independent film – Fun, exhilarating, insanity, broke, parking tickets and egg sandwiches – hear what the nominees have to say about their filmmaking adventures.

What's the question you love and / or hate getting asked on the red carpet before an event like the Spirit awards? – What are you wearing? What’s it like working with Philip Seymour Hoffman? What’s your next project? Hear the nominees dish on their fave and least fave questions when walking that long red carpet.

What collaboration during the making of the film do you enjoy the most? – Nominees bring on the love and tell us about the team effort and passion involved in making an independent film.

What was the craziest thing that happened during the making of this film? – Everything from getting shot at in Afghanistan to sharing a bathroom with Nicole Kidman to catching on fire. Hear the lengths that these nominees go to when shooting their film.

Do you have any rituals you always go through when making a film? Any superstitions? – How do these nominees zen out or get pumped before that camera rolls?

If you didn’t work in film, what would you be doing? – Whether they’re a novelist, fisherman, vegan baker or professional alcoholic, if these nominees had to be doing something else with their lives, it would undoubtedly be done in a creative manner.

If you could have worked on any of the other nominated films this year, which one would it be and why? – We’re one big, happy indie filmmaking community and support each other, so hear nominees gush about their favorite nominated films.

What do you do to celebrate when you have finished your film? – The most popular way to celebrate? Why, drinking of course!

Do you have any predictions about the future of Independent Cinema? – It may be changing, but nominees are optimistic and there’s a world of possibility.

Interview with Hossein Keshavarz discussing Dog Sweat

Interview with Laurel Nakadate discussing The Wolf Knife

Interview with Mike Ott discussing LiTTLEROCK

Interview with Bryan Poysner and Megan Gilbride discussing Lovers of Hate

Interview with the Safdie Brothers and Casey Neistat discussing Daddy Longlegs

Interview with Matthew Bonifacio and Carmine Famigletti discussing Lbs.

Interview with Diane Bell, Chris Byrne, and Matthew Medlin discussing Obselidia

Interview with Mike Medavoy, producer of Black Swan


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.