Born On This Day — January 22, 1953

Jim Jarmusch

It’s all so . . . independent. I’m so sick of that word. I reach for my revolver when I hear the word “quirky.” Or “edgy.” Those words are now becoming labels that are slapped on products to sell them. Anyone who makes a film that is the film they want to make, and it is not defined by marketing analysis or a commercial enterprise, is independent. My movies are kind of made by hand. They’re not polished—they’re sort of built in the garage. It’s more like being an artisan in some way.

—Jim Jarmusch