The Internets Are Cool...
(Video probably NSFW)
Whenever I watch a documentary I really like I tend to do the same things. First, if I have the DVD, I watch whatever bonus material (extra scenes, outtakes, commentaries, etc.) are available. Then I go online to see what other films the director has made and add them to my Netflix queue. After I do that, I do a Google search for the director to see what else I can find out. A lot of times I find interviews, occasionally blogs, as well as stuff on YouTube. Every so often I find an e-mail address. I think its cool as hell that, sometimes, I can actually contact the people who made the film, talk to them about it, and tell them how much I enjoyed it.
I did a POST about a year ago about I Like Killing Flies, a great doc by Matt Mahurin (a scene is posted above). I found Matt's e-mail and asked if I could talk to him about the film and his work. He graciously gave me his phone number and said he'd be happy to chat. I had learned that Matt, in addition to this film, is an accomplished painter, photographer, and music video director. When I called him he was in a hotel lobby in Manhattan working on a screenplay. As a generally curious person I'm always interested in what filmmakers have to say about their films. Matt told me about the thrill of making it into Sundance and what it was like to actually sell his film. I also learn random interesting things like the fact that Tom Waits (who Matt made THIS VIDEO for) makes a delicious pizza. So, if you haven't seen I Like Killing Flies yet, check it out. It is also available for instant viewing. And thanks again, Matt!
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