On most independent features, a small budget is a source of constant worry. It can stifle a director’s creativity and lead to concession after concession. But Jesse Barack, director of the upcoming Polypore, didn’t even seem to notice his modest funds. The film, which began as an homage to Akira written on bar napkins, has since mushroomed into an epic, globetrotting sci-fi thriller, featuring a cast of more than 80, a potent mystery and even a celebrity cameo. Throughout the process—from casting to filming to marketing—Barack has found creative ways of turning limitations into assets. And, like the nefarious corporate conspiracy at the film’s heart, it seems nothing can stop Polypore, not even a small budget.
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