RIP Saul Zaentz

I was lucky enough to have worked on quite a few films at The Saul Zaentz Film Company over the years (To Die For, Even Cowgirls Get The Blues, & Finding Forrestor) and Saul along with Steve and Roy allowed me to mix all three of my Independent Features there (Birddog, The Gas Cafe, & Kicking Bird) in exchange for “future royalties”. They knew what they were getting in to…

Saul watched my films and always commented on them, whether he liked them or not. His comments were always thoughtful and appreciated. I remember sitting in his office a couple times and talking to him about filmmaking and him telling me stories about when he started out. He told me to always believe in what I was making no matter how hard it got. I know a lot of other people had problems with him but to me he was always very open, friendly and extremely generous. And the amazing thing to me was that he always remembered my name, even if I just bumped in to him in the hallway.

I have a soft spot for all of the people who worked there. For me they were incredibly supportive and always welcoming. It was such a cool place where you could run in to Walter Murch, Jerry Garcia, Booker T., the guys from Rancid, Carlos Santana and so many more in the hallways. And the amazing thing was that they all seemed so accessible to an Angry Filmmaker from Portland. I truly miss a lot of the people from those times and when I think back about them, it was a magical time and I was fortunate to be a part of it.

Thank you Saul for all of your contributions to my work and my life. You will be missed. Godspeed.

Here is a link to Variety’s article… http://variety.com/2014/film/news/oscar-winning-producer-saul-zaentz-dies-at-92-1201025366/

Amadeus is one of my all time favorite films, and here is Saul on the Oscars receiving the best pic Oscar…