Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Michael Palmieri


1. Which book are you currently reading?
Walker Percy's "Love in the Ruins" and Malcolm Gladwell's "Blink". I like flip-flop reading fiction and non-fiction in parallel.

2. Do you smoke?
I'm too much of a romantic not to smoke every once in a while. Plus I think it's one of the most beautiful things in the world to film people smoking in slowmotion. I'll chalk it up to watching too many Wong Kar Wai films in my formative years.

3. When was the last time you got angry?
The last time I was editing a film.

4. When was the last time you laughed until you cried?
South Park.

5. Was there a movie that you could not bear to see until its end?
Never. I think Altman said he learned a lot about good filmmaking from watching bad movies. I kind of agree.

6. What character would you have liked to have played?
The Sicilian cotton gin owner Silva Vacarro in Elia Kazan's "Baby Doll", originally played by Eli Wallach and written by Tennessee Williams. There's no better seduction in all of cinema.

7. "Law & Order", "Special Victim Unit" or "Criminal Intent"?
Never seen em.

8. Who do you currently have a crush on?
It may sound obvious, but it's true: I'll always have a crush on my boyfriend Donal.

9. What's the best moment of your day?
8AM Coffee on my porch swing each morning I get to be in Portland.

10. What film of yours do you think is your best?
"October Country", because I got to collaborate with Donal on it.

Michael Palmieri is a director, producer, cinematographer and editor whose most recent collaboration with Donal Mosher, "October Country", won the US grand jury prize at Silverdocs in 2009. The film went on to win 7 international festival awards and the Cinema Eye Honors for Best First Feature and Best Musical Score and was nominated for an Independent Spirit award for best documentary of the year. His film work includes other notable collaborations with artists as varied as the political cartoonist and journalist Garry Trudeau of Doonesbury, the cinematographer and filmmaker Christopher Doyle, the fine artist Tauba Auerbach, and the Academy award winning documentary filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. He began his career directing music videos for musical artists such as Beck, The Strokes, The New Pornographers, Belle and Sebastian, and many others. An adjunct professor of film and video at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, he now resides in Portland, Oregon.

Michael Palmieri - official website
"October Country" film website