After Secretary , I wanted to do something I really cared about and something that felt very personal and vital. This was probably the only real person I've ever thought of making a movie about. Arbus was one of the four or five most important artists to me as people who had influenced my own way of thinking. To be 7, 8, 9 years old, rummaging around in your kitchen drawer and to find a picture of the "Jewish Giant," like I did ... it's a formative moment. Later on in life I read most of what has ever been written about Arbus and had my own personal response to those things ... which was really deep and kind of crucial for me.