So, while it opens in more theaters nationwide (in San Francisco and Portland this weekend) and continues to earn rave reactions (Roger Ebert had nice things to Tweet), Chris Smith’s documentary Collapse comes to Time Warner and Comcast cable VOD starting December 6. The portrait of radical thinker Michael Ruppert, it’s a film full of ideas that get under your skin. Expect a few mentions here and there, starting with this interview in the new publication On Demand Weekly:
ODW: What didn’t make the final cut you want people to see?
CS: There are always things you love that don’t make the final edit – but ever since DVD it has been so much easier to make cuts as you know those clips will at least find a home as deleted scenes. For Collapse, we started posting some out-takes on our site. Similar to VOD, it seems all part of an evolution that’s happening. Where you once put out-takes on a DVD as added value, you can now also post them on your site and other sites to draw people to the VOD.
ODW: What do you hope the film accomplishes and what would be your call to action to people who watch it?
CS: I hope people see the film and are entertained and engaged. It’s a very thought provoking film and I’m most excited about the debate and dialogue the film seems to create. The Toronto Film Festival screenings were really encouraging as people really liked the film regardless if they believed in all, some or none of what Michael had to say – which is what we were after. We wanted the film to stand on it’s own as an intriguing look at an individual. Michael truly lives outside the mainstream. He’s been criticized and ostracized for most of his life for trying to get across his message. The film is much more a character study of Michael than it is a full examination of the issues he presents. It’s about the theory he’s developed over thirty years, how he ended up here and the effects it’s had on his life.