Q: What film inspired you to start a career as a filmmaker?
A: Network (Sydney Lumet, 1976) reminds me there is a fight to fight. Faces (John Cassavetes, 1968) inspires me to see the beauty in all people. Solaris (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1972) inspires me to explore the unknown. Blue Velvet (David Lynchm, 1986) inspires me to make something strange and inexplicable.
Q: Did you make Sea Pig with a specific audience in mind?
A: No. I made a film I wanted to make and would want to watch. Although I didn’t make it with anyone or any audience in mind, I’m confident there are many, many like me so I didn’t anticipate any problems with that approach.
Q: What memorable events happened during the production of Sea Pig?
A: I asked the owner of the bar we filmed at Murf’s in Sag Harbor to bring me in the saltiest group of bar flies he knew for background. One of them he brought in was Andrzej Wasilewicz. After talking with Andrzej for a bit, it was revealed he had been the Tom Cruise of Polish actors in the 70’s—an absolute household name in Poland and an actor groomed by Jerzy Grotowski himself.
Q: What did you learn from working on Sea Pig?
A: Simply put, I learned how to make a movie. It was my first one.
Q: If you could work with any actor, living or dead, who would it be?
A: Gene Wilder.
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