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AusChron: ‘Fish Kill’ Talks

AusChron: 'Fish Kill' Talks

Over at the Austin Chronicle, doc reporter Anne S. Lewis chats it up with the crew behind SXSW 2007 premiere documentary, Fish Kill Flea. That would mean directors Aaron Hillis, Jennifer Loeber, and Brian Cassidy. Anne’s article isn’t late, this is on the eve of the doc’s return to town this week, as part of the Austin Film Society’s Texas Doc Tour. The film will have its encore screening Wednesday, April 11, at the Alamo Drafthouse Downtown. Here’s an excerpt from Anne’s short article:

Brian Cassidy: On the third day of shooting, while reloading the camera, a large condor perched onto the roof of the mall. The bird was somehow able to lift the roof off of the marketplace, temporarily exposing all of the shoppers and vendors to the outside world. For that brief moment, everyone was able to see everything clearly. We did not shoot it but simply stood in awe. Some of the best moments throughout our six months of filming at the marketplace occurred while we were not shooting yet somehow informed every corner of every frame within our finished film.

Austin Chronicle: And what was it like making a movie as a collaboration of three?

Jennifer Loeber: It was like daily mud wrestling to determine who had the control and power that day. All joking aside, I think we realized early on that this was a three-person operation in its entirety. Regimented roles weren’t feasible and ultimately, were less interesting. Three minds working on the same creative solution was a lot more exciting.

Aaron Hillis: Feel free to mention that Brian is flat-out lying about the condor.

Also, the day before the screening (a.k.a. Tuesday, April 10) you can catch Hillis on the AFS Panel, “Film Bloggers Are Your Friends.” Check it out.

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