The writer/director: revealed

Directing in the desert

What piece of advice for aspiring writers would you think most crucial? Write every day.  Never stop.  Never slack off.

Revising/editing: labor of love or torture tour? Both.  Revising/re-writing feels evil until you look back upon an earlier draft and breath a sigh of relief that no one over saw that version.

Criticism: major motivator or background noise? Criticism is now a major motivator.  It wasn’t always like that.  I used to shrink from it.  I now thank all the naysayers (and still hate them).  I get pissed that no one believed in me enough to give me a break, but I’m stronger now than I ever would have been.  It’s good to be angry.  Pain is a good thing.  Besides, the naysayers will always be there.  Get used to it.

Art for art’s sake, or show me the money? Art is the process of discovering what you really are and exposing that truth to the world.  If you can get paid to do that… bliss.

We’re putting together your theme music.  What do we play when you enter the room? Godspeed You Black Emperor!’s “The Dead Flag Blues”

What are six things you could never do without? My family, coffee, consciousness, the dream of making movies, large bathtubs and candles.

What are you most likely to be found doing at a party? Dancing or talking.  It used to be dying a little in the corner all by myself.  Glad to leave those days behind and join humanity.

How will you remember 2011? As the beginning of the great adventure.

The most embarrassing thing that happened to you at school? I got caught cheating on a Final.  I played it off like I didn’t care but it was pretty bad.

Wine or beer? Tough one.  Beer.

A great hero or a great villain? Trick question. Better to have both.

Three film-makers you admire? Bergman, Altman, P. T. Anderson

If you could only have one book, what would it be? Something by Borges