"I was very inspired by Les Blank's film 'Burden of Dreams.' I think what's unique about his film and the two I've made is that they're close examinations of filmmakers and how their own emotional experiences reflect in the material they're rendering, and vice versa - how that material sometimes colors their own lives."
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."George Hickenlooper on Eleanor Roosevelt
"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them."George Hickenlooper on Walt Disney
"All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible."George Hickenlooper on T. E. Lawrence
"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."George Hickenlooper on Harriet Tubman
"Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today."George Hickenlooper on James Dean
"I think that narrative, fiction filmmaking is the culmination of several art forms: theater, art history, architecture. Whereas doc filmmaking is more pure cinema, like cinema verite is film in its purest form."
"I'm fascinated by failure, and I'm fascinated by finality. Shakespeare's historical plays are more universal than his comedies because they relate to the finality of life. Without finality, life would not be beautiful."
"I always say be humble but be firm. Humility and openness are the key to success without compromising your beliefs."