Questions a documentary maker had to face at the start of interviews in 1968.
Taken from an interview with Kartemquin co-founders Gordon Quinn and Jerry Temaner in A Search for Values, a discussion guide for the films Parents and Thumbs Down. A PDF of the full 96 page (!) book is included on the DVD of The Kartemquin Collection: Early Years, Volume 1 1967-68, which contains both films.
I think purity can become a dead end. In other words, we saw how important emotion was in changing people’s minds [about a subject]. What we saw with Hoop Dreams was that if you could really get someone, grab them by the heart, and create that emotional power, then you can reach out to audiences who aren’t already sympathetic necessarily to your characters.
Gordon Quinn, Co-founder and Artistic Director of Kartemquin Films