Surviving Cinema

Eric Stanze is an award-winning director, writer, editor, producer, and 2nd unit director who primarily works on independent feature films. Stanze began interning on local commercials and music videos at the age of 16, and he entered the industry professionally when he was 18. More info, trailers, and news at

10/30/2013 - 5:00pm
Two decades ago, I embarked on a journey of transition, discovery, and debilitating sleep deprivation.  I set out to make a gory little horror movie called Savage Harvest (1995)... my first non-student MORE
01/07/2011 - 12:47pm
Between Halloween and Christmas, most of my production company, Wicked Pixel Cinema, was packed up in boxes and awaiting a destination.  Austin, New York, Los Angeles, and staying put in St. Louis were all MORE
11/30/2010 - 12:25pm
Holy crap, it's already the end of November?  It feels like 2010 just got started.  November has been a strange month.  This is the first full month of this year that I've spent without MORE
08/05/2010 - 2:35pm
Motion pictures took early-20th Century America by storm, prompting every business owner to set up screenings in some spare room, charge admission, and capitalize on the successful entertainment craze.  In MORE
04/19/2010 - 11:43pm
The last several weeks have been stressful.  Not only have I been overworked by and intensely mono-focused on Ratline post-production, I've also been upset to see my cherished blog here at get MORE
11/21/2013 - 8:00pm
Once again, it is time to dig into the screeners that have piled up on my desk, select a few truly indie films worth your attention, and recommend 'em heartily.  These are very small films - with tiny MORE
09/25/2013 - 4:00pm
  Last week, Richard C. Sarafian, director of Vanishing Point (1971), passed away at the age of 83.  His fifty-year directing career was prosperous, but nothing else he made possessed the impact and MORE
11/16/2010 - 8:47pm
In my last blog, I talked about the odd events leading up to a feature I co-directed with Robin Garrels called China White Serpentine.  Read the story here. Working with Robin, under these unusual and MORE