We had the good fortune of connecting with Adam Neutzsky-Wulff and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Adam, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk taking has always been defining for me starting my own business and getting into movies in the first place. I started out early – making short films in high school, then went into music videos, that took me to tv-shows that led to my three American indie films. I quit my job at the biggest Danish tv production company 11 years ago – same time as I became a father and wanted to focus on movies.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I come from a creative family – my father is a prolific writer with over 50 books published. His passion for film was infectious. I had no contacts in the movie industry but never even considered a plan b to telling great stories on film. Although it was not easy, I did have a lot of luck – that mainly materialized due to a lot of hard work and stubbornness. I always loved film and never stopped being curious. I love inventing new worlds – pitching them – creating proofs of concept to make investors see that I know what I’m doing. You need to have access to great ideas and start the writing process in your head first. When your story is strong enough to tell it in a detailed way to a friend, you are ready to put it on paper. When you start out, no job is too small. You will learn from anything. As you get older – entertaining people isn’t enough anymore. I feel like I need to challenge my audience and inspire them to think and become smarter. That’s why I am doing a “based on true stories” crime show in Kenya now. To promote democracy, fight corruption, pave the way for free abortion, the right to be gay and freedom of the press. Show is called Crime & Justice and is a Kenyan “Law & Order” type show.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
LA has so many places – but I love – Petty Cash – for Mexican food, Laurel Hardware for a nice cocktail, Animal for a great meat based meal. I would go to Santa Monica and Malibu to hangout on the beach. Go hiking at Runyon Canyon. Do the comedy store for some standup and definitely do breakfast at the Chateau Marmont – maybe No Vacancy for some live music. I love West Hollywood too. The bars along Santa Monica Blvd are fun on a Saturday night.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Oh there are so many. Anders Haarder for trusting me with big budget high-end music videos and Allan Sperling for staying a professional ally for more than 20 years. Peter Hansen for believing I could conceptualize my own tv-shows. William Baldwin to agree to play the lead in my first feature film and staying a friend till the third one – in which he also appeared. Frankie KL for being the amazing writer he is – elevating my ideas and turning them into great scripts. Lanfia Wal for helping me understand the race issue in the US and writing great scripts for my current crime show. And the patience of girlfriends and ex-wife for being generous enough to let me pursue my passion.
Other: Below most relevant trailers: SEASON TRAILER “CRIME & JUSTICE” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiR6E7WqHaQ
ALL THE LITTLE THINGS WE KILL Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECeLjkAkvzg
YOU ARE HERE Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8OG_CtgOYk