Monthly Archives: July 2021

Offscreen Interview

I do not want to turn this website into the kind of joint where all I do is link to interviews that I’m giving to other publications. And one day soon, perhaps when I am done editing RELATIVE, I promise I will get back to writing about other people’s movies — something that I genuinely miss doing. In the meantime, I would be remiss if I didn’t link to this interview David Hanley conducted with me for the great Canadian film journal Offscreen. This is the longest and most in-depth interview I’ve ever done. It encompasses my entire career as a filmmaker to date:


Talking RELATIVE with Hollywood Chicago’s Pat McDonald

Pat “Uber Critic” McDonald interviewed me about my forthcoming feature, RELATIVE, at He also gave me the chance to talk about some of my favorite artists including Agnes Varda and Bob Dylan. It’s always a pleasure talking to Pat! Listen to our two part podtalk interview below:

The Last Ten Movies I Saw

1. The Campus Corpse* (Curtis) – C-
2. The Annotated Field Guide of Ulysses S. Grant* (Finn)
3. Heat (Mann) – A
4. The Most Popular Things in the World to Do* (Higgins)
5. Kitâb al-Isfâr: The Book of the Journey* (Hillman)
6. Topology of Sirens* (Davies)
7. Her Name Was Europa* (Dornieden/Monroy)
8. Bloodshot Heart* (Malfitano)
9. Patching Topias* (Deltrieux)
10. Skagit* (Thompson)

* – First-time watch

Most of the titles on this list are submissions that I previewed for an upcoming film festival and I’m therefore not assigning them letter grades. I have made no secret of my fondness for Topology of Sirens, however, a film I consider to be one of the year’s best. You can read my review at Letterboxd here.

RELATIVE in Screen Mag Again

We are deep into post-production on RELATIVE and every time I see the footage, I couldn’t feel more proud of the work put in by our tremendous cast and crew. I anticipate a World Premiere in early 2022. In the meantime, Screen Magazine published a second article to coincide with the wrap of our shoot that you might be interested in checking out. It features new quotes from me and producer/actress Clare Cooney about the making of the film:

The Last Ten Movies I Saw

1. Seven (Fincher) – B+
2. Manhunter* (Mann) – A-
3. The Revolt of Mamie Stover (Walsh) – A-
4. Rachel Getting Married* (Demme) – B+
5. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It* (Chaves) – C-
6. Gates of Heaven (Morris) – A-
7. The Thin Blue Line (Morris) – A+
8. Her Man* (Garnett) – A
9. Spring Blossom* (Lindon) – B
10. Shiva Baby* (Seligman) – B+

* – first-time watch

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