It’s finally happened: John Waters has been canonized.
This fall, Waters joined an elite group — who include Atom Egoyan, Alfred Hitchcock and Frank Capra, among many others — who have become part of the long-running Conversations with Filmmakers Series published by University Press of Mississippi.
Edited by USC film professor James Egan, the book is a collection of interviews and essays with and about Waters throughout his career. The first is in 1965 with the Baltimore Evening Sun’s “Mr. Peep’s Diary” column, which documented the production of Waters’ first film “Hag in a Black Leather Jacket.” (He shot much of it on the roof of his family’s suburban home.)
Other pieces include Danny Fields and Fran Liebowitz’s 1972 interview of Waters for “Interview” magazine, multiple pieces published in the newspapers and magazines of Waters’ beloved Provincetown, MA — and even an interview conducted by the fraudulent J.T. Leroy, which Filmmaker published in 2000.
Waters and Egan sat down with Indiewire at USC to discuss the book as well as a few of Waters’ favorite things — including “The Human Centipede” and the everlasting shock value of the 40-year-old “Pink Flamingos.”