Behind the scenes photographs with director Steve McQueen and actors Lupita Nyong’o, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender on 12 Years a Slave (2013)
Allan: That’s quite a lovely Jackson Pollock, isn’t it?
Museum Girl: Yes, it is.
Allan: What does it say to you?
Museum Girl: It restates the negativeness of the universe. The hideous lonely emptiness of existence. Nothingness. The predicament of Man forced to live in a barren, Godless eternity like a tiny flame flickering in an immense void with nothing but waste, horror and degradation, forming a useless bleak straitjacket in a black absurd cosmos.
Allan: What are you doing Saturday night?
Museum Girl: Committing suicide.
Allan: What about Friday night?
First-time filmmaker David Robert Mitchell has struck gold with The Myth of the American Sleepover, a dreamy yet realistic tale of suburban youth told in the same it-happened-one-night vein as other teen classics like Superbad andDazed and Confused. Mitchell, a film school grad from Florida State, made his movie on a shoestring budget, doing post-production while working a 9 to 5er as a commercial editor in LA. After making it to SXSW, Myth eventually found its way to Cannes. Here’s Mitchell on how he found his cast of non-professional actors, ditching his day job, and breaking into the film industry.
Martin Scorsese at the age of six or seven in Corona, Queens.