Two years ago, journalist Sharon Waxman wrote Rebels on the Backlot profiling six young movie directors she said revolutionized 1990s Hollywood filmmaking. But unexamined was the way that several of the most promising were beginning to hit the wall. In The New York Times‘ Arts & Leisure section Sunday, Waxman looks at the long hiatuses many of this generation of filmmakers have taken between projects. “The current lack of productivity among promising filmmakers in their 30s and 40s has become a cause for quiet consternation among producers and agents, not to mention film lovers. It is felt in the paucity of movies creating excitement around the Oscars, and in the desperate trolling for new talent at the Sundance Film Festival.”
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