While John and Janet Pierson never really disappeared, its safe to say they’ve returned. The duo are the toast of the Austin film scene. In Texas last week, after running into the Pierson’s a few times and catching up, I sat down with the two of them to talk about their new lives in Austin.
John’s book (“Spike Mike Slackers & Dykes”, which I wrote about after he reissued it one year ago (under the title “Spike Mike Reloaded”), is without a doubt the bible for indies and a must-read for filmmakers, those in the movie biz, or anyone aspiring to be a part of the indie movie world. While we didn’t know each other at the time, I met John at Sundance in ’96 when he signed my copy of “Spike Mike” at Dolly’s bookstore. Over the years he’s been an invaluable resource and he and Janet have been indieWIRE readers and supporters. A nice update on the period covered in “Spike Mike” is an interview that Mark Rabinowitz and I conducted with John in late 1999 for indieWIRE’s Decade interview series, entitled “The Decade According to John Pierson”.
I will be teaching a summer course at The New School, and without a doubt Pierson’s book will be part of the curriculm.