This April, The Frida Cinema is featuring Tim Burton as their illustrious Director of the Month!

Six of Burton’s films will be screening at The Frida throughout April: 

Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure 
April 3, 4 & 7

Edward Scissorhands
April 17, 18 & 21

Ed Wood
April 22 & 23

Sleepy Hollow
April 24, 25 & 28

Big Fish 
April 24, 25 & 28

April 29

I was thrilled to see this, as I grew up watching Tim Burton’s films, and he is one of my favorite filmmakers! I’ve got a deep appreciation for how visually stunning and unique Burton’s films are—but what really made me fall in love is how Burton can weave humor and lightheartedness together, alongside elements of the dark and macabre.

Burton’s artistic vision is so surreal and compelling, and for me—as a writer with an artistic heart—his unique style continues to give me inspiration, as well as courage to think outside the box and to not be afraid to follow my own creative notions, however strange or unusual they may seem.

Tim Burton’s work continues to inspire many—from filmmakers, to writers, to illustrators—so in order to celebrate his bold and imaginative spirit, here are 10 Tim Burton quotes to invigorate and inspire your creativity!


1. “One person’s craziness is another person’s reality.”
2. “For some of us, Halloween is everyday.”
3. “Things that I grew up with stay with me. You start a certain way, and then you spend your whole life trying to find a certain simplicity that you had. It’s less about staying in childhood than keeping a certain spirit of seeing things in a different way.”

4. “When I was growing up, Dr. Seuss was really my favorite. There was something about the lyrical nature and the simplicity of his work that really hit me.”
5. “I can’t remember any dreams in my life. There’s so much strange in real life that it often seems like a dream.”
6. “I get so tired of people saying, ‘Oh, you only make fantasy films and this and that,’ and I’m like, ‘Well no, fantasy is reality,’ that’s what Lewis Carroll showed in his work.”
7. “Visions are worth fighting for. Why spend your life making someone else’s dreams?”
8. “When you don’t have many friends and you don’t have a social life, you’re kind of left looking at things, not doing things. There’s a weird freedom in not having people treat you like you’re part of society or where you have to fulfill social relationships.”
9. “I have a problem when people say something’s real or not real, or normal or abnormal. The meaning of those words for me is very personal and subjective. I’ve always been confused and never had a clear-cut understanding of the meaning of those kinds of words.”
10. “It’s good as an artist to always remember to see things in a new, weird way.”

**Be sure not to miss the one-night-only Beetlejuice event on April 29th, presented by Nostalgic Nebula! There will be a string quartet tribute to Danny Elfman’s exuberant, haunting score before the film starts! (And Tim Burton-themed cosplay will be in effect, so come in costume!)


Author: Yoli Ramazzina