May 30, 2010

Questions for David Gordon Green

David Gordon Green is most famous for his hash success Pineapple Express. He once said that Mcabe and Mrs. Miller is the most beautiful movie ever made. He also wrote and directed George Washington, a film about black youth in an impoverished southern town. This earlier work interweaves the kids' lives, pursuits, dreams, and the consequences of choice and fate.

I liked the film so much, I concocted an interview I'd like to give:

1. You mentioned in an interview with Charlie Rose, that you were okay with making "C's" in school. Do you think creativity is different than academic achievement?

2. In your film George Washington there is a scene filmed in an abandoned school, completely filled in with kudzu, making it invisible from the street. As an artist from the south, what do you think needs to be done to rejuvenate our educational systems? George Washington depicts kids who are brimming with life, but cut at the buds because of societal limitations. It reminds me of Steinbeck's novel Of Mice and Men? What do you think?

3. You seem to capture the beauty and ambiguity of youth so accurately, and differently than any other artist I have seen. What is your vision for youth in America, especially in the wake of Columbine, 9/11 and No Child Left Behind?

4. Whatever happened to Confederacy of Dunces? Is it a cursed project?

5. Have you ever dabbled in fiction?

6. How is your house in New Orleans coming along?

7. One final question. Will you marry me?


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