Some of the talented filmmakers who work on Split Screen:

Tod Lippy
Tod Lippy is the founding editor of Scenario: The Magazine of Screenwriting Art. His numerous interviews with filmmakers have appeared there and in many other publications, including several other Faber & Faber titles. In the early '90s, Lippy co-founded, published and edited publicsfear magazine, and was a also a senior editor at the award-winning design magazine Print. Lippy has moderated panels at New York's American Museum of the Moving Image, the Austin Heart of Film Festival, the Independent Feature Project and the New York/Avignon Film Festival, and is on the full-time faculty of the M.F.A. Program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. His 1999 short film, Cookies, was featured in over 20 film festivals both here and abroad. Lippy recently completed his second short, Home, and has several feature screenplays currently in development.


I approached Walter Donohue at Faber and Faber with the idea of doing a book of interviews with New York film-makers after seeing a copy of the previous volume of Projections, which featured director Mike Figgis' provocative conversations with a number of actors, producers, directors, etc. about filmmaking in Hollywood. I compiled a list of potential interviewees (much longer, I'm afraid, than the size of the book could accommodate), then contacted everyone, eventually ending up with the group featured in the book. John Pierson was one of the first people on my list, and among the first I interviewed. I was thrilled when he suggested that there might be some way of linking the book and Split Screen. It's been a pleasure working with him and Janet on the project, and I'm amazed by how each of John's videotaped interviews (not to mention the accompanying Oral Probes) seems to both complement and enrich the conversations transcribed in the book. In every case, a fuller portrait of each person emerges, leading, of course, to an even more substantial portrait of New York City as a filmmaking mecca. I couldn't be happier.

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