As a form of late introduction (or internduction) we took a swing at interviewing each other. See below for Matt Levine’s interview of Jeremy Meckler, and Jeremy Meckler’s interview of Matt Levine (or vice versa).
8-Ball with Jeremy Meckler:
1. What was the last film you saw in theatres?
I saw Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s World on a Wire (Welt Am Draht) at the Trylon. It’s a 3 1/2 hour made-for-tv film by the notorious New German Cinema rock star. It predicts The Matrix about 25 years earlier in an age before microchips (though admittedly, The Prisoner did the same thing 6 years earlier).
2. If you had to pick, who would you say is your favorite director?
Two-way tie between Wener Herzog and Orson Welles.
3. What experience first got you hooked on film?
Supposedly (I can’t verify it myself) as an infant, my dad and I watched the Ridley Scott Alien. Apparently Sigourney Weaver blasting that alien into space was the only thing that could get me to fall asleep.
4. If you could describe your overarching artistic aspirations in one word, what would it be?
5. If you could adapt one written work into film, what would you choose?
I’ve always wanted to see an adaptation of James Thurber’s The Thirteen Clocks. It would probably be terrible, since the book is so poetic and bookly, but it was a childhood favorite that I’d love to see on the big screen.
6. What enticed you about the Walker? What was your first memorable experience here?
I came to see Walid Raad speak. The audience got really upset and passionate. A woman was yelling at him, angry that he had misled her. It was awesome. The video is on the Walker Channel.
7. If you could have made one film (that someone else already has) what would it be?
8. What is your favorite VHS tape you own?
8-Ball with Matt Levine
1. If you had to pick, who would you say is your favorite director?
Jacques Tati (although I could have just as easily selected about a dozen different directors…).
2. What experience first got you hooked on film?
When I was really young my parents wouldn’t let me and my sister see Dumb & Dumber, so they rented Charade instead, which is a great, really silly and elegant spy comedy with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. I was about twelve years old and I really loved it.
3. If you could describe your overarching artistic aspirations in one word, what would it be?
4. If you could adapt one written work into film, what would you choose?
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins.
5. Which artist blew your mind as a teenager?
J.D. Salinger, especially Catcher in the Rye. Probably a clichéd answer, but it’s true.
6. If you could have made one film (that someone else already has) what would it be?
Rules of the Game.
7. What is your favorite VHS tape you own?
It may not be the best, but I have a totally beat-up copy of Face/Off on VHS that I’ve probably seen about thirty times now.
8. What would you be doing if you weren’t working in film?
I’ve been getting into math a lot recently. I ordered a pre-calc textbook in the mail just so I could get back into it, basically. I’m hoping to work my way back up to really arduous, mind-bending advanced problems. So yeah…we’ll say calculus.