October 17 - 20, 2012
The Academy of Performing Arts Bratislava, Slovakia

Jim Stark

What I Have Learned about the Best Way to Make a Movie

Jim Stark is a symbol of a successful producer and scriptwriter of independent films, whose long-lasting career is reflected in his outstanding filmography. As an invaluable colleague of the American independent film icon Jim Jarmusch helped him produce Stranger than Paradise (1984), Cannes Camera D’Or winner and produced for him Down by Law (1986), Mystery Train (1989), Night on Earth (1991) and two short Coffee and Cigarettes (1986, 1989) films.

His activities are not limited to film production, Stark has been sharing his prescious knowledge and experiences also with successive generations. In Iceland he helped establish the Icelandic Film and Television Academy together with director Fridrik Thor Fridriksson and has a great deal in the whole development of Icelandic cinema. Stark's screenwriting credits include among others Factotum (2005), adaptation from the Charles Bukowski novel, on which he collaborated with Norwegian director Bent Hamer.

"Obviously, as a producer, you can impose your sensibility on a movie in a hundred different ways, down to the smallest detail. But the single most important decision lies in selecting the movie you are going to make."