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Director John Sayles on the set of his movie "Honeydripper." (Photo by Jim Sheldon)
Director John Sayles on the set of his movie "Honeydripper." (Photo by Jim Sheldon)

John Sayles is that rare thing in Hollywood. The "Godfather" of independent cinema in America, he makes the movies he wants to make.

He's written and directed sixteen so far, movies like "Matewan," "Lone Star" and "Sunshine State." They're small stories with big themes, movies with a social and political conscience.

His newest film, "Honeydripper," looks at civil rights and rock 'n roll before anyone ever called them that.

This hour, On Point: John Sayles on his life in film, and what it takes to make independent movies today.

Guests:

John Sayles, independent filmmaker and writer. He's written and directed 16 feature films, including "The Secret of Roan Inish," "Lone Star," and "Sunshine State." His latest film, out on DVD this month, is "Honeydripper."

Mary Steenburgen, actress

This program aired on July 3, 2008.

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