February 13, 2016
Sundance 2016

Indie Legend Bob Hawk to First-Timers: 'Don’t Make Genre Films, Make Passionate Films'

Bob Hawk is the unsung hero of talented nobodies. You may not know his name, but you’ve undoubtedly seen a film that was plucked from obscurity by him over the last 40 years of independent film: Kevin Smith’s Clerks, Ed Burns’ The Brothers McMullen, McGehee and Siegel’s Suture and Kimberly Reed’s Prodigal Sons to name a few.

And what filmmaker doesn’t want to be discovered and set on the fast track to a directing career? Motivated by a genuine love for film, Bob Hawk is the champion that filmmakers dream about! Directors whose careers he has nurtured and launched came out to thank Bob in Film Hawk, the Sundance documentary about his life.

Bob Hawk sat down with No Film School at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival to give us a little insight into what he’s learned after nearly four decades in the biz. Watch some of our conversation below!

I always am attracted to films that can resonate with people that are not "into" film.

Thank you, Bob!

Follow Bob Hawk and keep an eye out for the release of Film Hawk on the official Facebook page.

For more, see our complete coverage of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

Sundance 2016 Blackmagic Design

No Film School's video and editorial coverage of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival is sponsored by Blackmagic Design.      

Your Comment


I guess it is true:
Don't make feature, unless you can't not make it. :-)
In other words: make it if your heart tells you you must, not because your ego says you should....

Btw, come on NFS, you are doing yourself and the sponsor a disservice by having the second cam out of focus and way warmer than the wide shot. (About the grade: I would only dare to send this as a first preview if time pressure wouldn't allow any color correction.)

(If you need help with this: let me know :-p )

February 13, 2016 at 3:46PM, Edited February 13, 3:46PM

Director, DOP, Writer, Editor, Producer

I'll second the white balance & focus issues, pretty distracting and amateurish.

February 14, 2016 at 10:43PM

John Morse
Producer + Director

Maybe. But by critiquing tech issues of a video that is all about finding passion, it's almost like you missed the whole point. Maybe just letting go and enjoying content, not production....

February 16, 2016 at 6:17PM, Edited February 16, 6:17PM


I'm certainly not missing the point at all.
It is just 'ironic' that the people giving us all this info and advice get paid by a company making top-notch colorgrading software and good cameras dare to deliver such a crappy video.
If I were the sponsor I would be upset.
As a visitor of this website I am not upset, but amazed nobody at NFS seemed to notice it before publishing. The only other explainations are that the people who made the video are either incompetent (and need to read and follow all the advice that is given here) or that they don't care.

Observing the technical problems did not make me miss the point at all (my brain does not shortcircuit ;-) ) : what is being said in the video is great advice.

February 17, 2016 at 5:34AM

Director, DOP, Writer, Editor, Producer

Moral of the story.......love it or leave it!

February 14, 2016 at 6:12AM

Jerry Roe
Indie filmmaker