THEO WHO LIVED — David Schisgall Interview


THEO WHO LIVED is a story of the remarkable empathy its subject, American journalist Theo Padnos, found for the captors who tortured him after being kidnapped in Syria in 2012.  David Schisgall’s sensitive, heart-wrenching documentary about Theo, like Theo himself, finds the humanity in everyone. Preferring to see people as individuals rather than stereotypes, it’s… Read More »

WE ARE X — Stephen Kijak Interview

It all started with a picture.  Stephen Kijak, who has made a career of documenting rock stars, thought he had seen it all, but there was something about Yoshiki that he couldn’t shake. When I spoke with the filmmaker on October 26, 2016 about his documentary, WE ARE X, it was one of the first… Read More »


Rob Cannan was stuck in London traffic as my phone interview time with him and his filmmaker partner, Ross Adam began, but Adam did a terrific job doing double-duty, as it were, talking about their stranger-than-fiction documentary, THE LOVERS AND THE DESPOT. The two spent years pursuing the movie rights to one of the most… Read More »

Edward Rosenstein Celebrates the FREEDOM TO MARRY


When I spoke to Edward Rosenstein by phone on June 22, 2016, the first thing I wanted him to discuss was how important it was to remember the decades-long struggle for marriage equality.  We went on to talk about his personal connection to one his subjects, Evan Wolfson, of the  Freeom to Marry Coalition, and… Read More »

David Farrier is TICKLED

When I spoke with David Farrier by phone on June 22, 2016, I started by asking him if he had been served any legal papers that day.  It was a semi-facetious question.  Making his endlessly fascinating, endlessly surprising documentary, TICKLED, has resulted in an ongoing string of legal threats and a not a few legal… Read More »

SOUTHWEST OF SALEM — The San Antonio Four and filmmakers Deborah S. Esquenazi and Sam Tabet

I spoke to the San Antonio Four, Elizabeth Ramirez, Cassandra Rivera, Kristie Mayhugh, and Anna Vasquez,on June 20, 2016, it was the afternoon before their film, SOUTHWEST OF SALEM screened at the 40th Annual Frameline Festival.  When they and director Deborah S. Esquenazi and producer Sam Tabet appeared on stage after that screening, it was to a five-minute… Read More »

Paul Mariano Describes What It’s Like BEING GEORGE CLOONEY


Any film, and any filmmaker, who can make Mussolini part of the story of film dubbing is a film, and a filmmaker, that I want to know. With BEING GEORGE CLOONEY, and Paul Mariano, I was amply rewarded for my time watching this illuminating documentary about the voice actors who put Italian (French, Hindi, Portuguese, etc.)… Read More »

Will Durst, Johnny Steele, and Larry “Bubbles” Brown are 3 STILL STANDING

I have been a fan of all three of the gentlemen still standing since I first came to San Francisco a long, long time ago. And so it was no surprise to me that my interview with them on September 28, 2015 for the doc in which they star, 3 STILL STANDING, would be smart… Read More »

Ravi and Geeta Patel Want You to MEET THE PATELS


I have rarely laughed as much as I did when I spoke to Ravi and Geeta Patel on August 13, 2015, it was by Skype, with me in San Francisco, Geeta in North Carolina, and Ravi in Hollywood, but the rapport made it seem like we were all in the same room. The subject was… Read More »


There is one moment in STEVE JOBS: THE MAN IN THE MACHINE that sums up the documentary and the man. It’s when an engineer who worked on the Mac in the 1980s reads the obituary he wrote of Jobs and begins to weep. This after revealing that his three years at Apple cost him his… Read More »