"Dying of the Light," a film I wrote and directed, was taken away from me after the submission of the Director’s Cut (June 2014). Grindstone Pictures and the producers wanted a generic Nick Cage video-on-demand film, while my editorial instincts were pointing toward something more interesting. Grindstone recut, scored, and mixed the film without my input. Subsequently, actors Nicholas Cage and Anton Yeltsin, executive producer Nic Refn and I distanced ourselves from the film. Because we were threatened with lawsuits if we spoke ill of the Grindstone version, our protests took the form of wearing T-shirts bearing the “non-disparagement” clause that prohibited public statements. For now, that’s the only photo I’ll include on this web page. I remain hopeful that someday I will be allowed to finish the film.
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