Σε παλαιότερη ανάρτηση (29/05/08) σας είχαμε επιστήσει την προσοχή για το ντοκιμαντέρ Wild Combination: A Portrait Of Arthur Russell με θέμα τη ζωή του μεγάλου σύνθετη-μουσικού Arthur Russell. Εμβληματική προσωπικότητα της Νέας Υόρκης πέθανε από Aids το 1992. Ο σκηνοθέτης του ντοκιμαντέρ Matt Wolf επ` ευκαιρία της προβολής του στο Λονδίνο αύριο 26/9/2008 δίνει συνέντευξη στο συντάκτη Andy Thomas του περιοδικού Shook:
With the forthcoming London premiere and launch party of the Arthur Russell documentary WILD COMBINATION at the ICA on 26 September 2008, we thought we’d give you Andy Thomas’ interview with the director Matt Wolf.
SHK: What did you think when you first heard Arthur’s music?
Matt Wolf (MW): I got obsessed pretty immediately. But I was planning on getting obsessed, you could say. I was so compelled by an initial description of Arthur—gay Buddhist-cellist from Oskaloosa runs away to New York to become disco auteur. The music fulfilled those wild expectations.
SHK: Who were the documentary makers who inspired you
MW: This kind of stylized, reconstructive documentary filmmaking is most clearly related to Errol Morris. I’m also inspired by the filmmaker Issac Julien, who was showing a film about a filmmaker named Derek Jarman at the Berlinale, but became known for an experimental portrait of the poet Langston Hughes. I’m also enormously inspired by experimental and narrative filmmakers like Todd Haynes, Charlie Atlas, the list is endless!
SHK: We loved footage of The Gallery. Where did this come from?
MW: The footage is really precious and was shot by a film student at the Gallery in the 1970s. Now the disco pioneer and founder of The Gallery, DJ Nicky Siano, has it.
SHK: What do you think Arthur found in clubs like the Gallery and the Loft. How did they inspire him?
MW: I think it was the social experience of people coming together and dancing that intrigued Arthur. The way people responded to music and what made them dance preoccupied Arthur. At these early clubs, the quality of sound was also extremely refined. I think Arthur saw clubs as incredible listening environments and social laboratories...>>>>>>>>>>>ShooK Mag
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