Twenty years of fearlessly moralistic, duct-tape-and-string, Leo DiCaprio-free independent filmmaking hasn't earned John Sayles an Oscar, but it has ensured him that sneaky flattery: imitation. Native American novelist and screenwriter Sherman Alexie claimed recently that he was aiming for Sayles's career--only a more prolific version. When I relate that quote to Sayles, over morning coffee at Backstage at Bravos, he laughs and wishes Alexie luck. And then he describes the time-consuming difficulties of making... More >>>