“Prince Avalanche” director David Gordon Green is considered a “genre jumper”; or at least that’s how moderator Chris Hardwick describes him during an interview with the director during Tribeca’s Future of Film series. Then again, the moniker is apropos if you take a look at Green’s oeuvre, which includes comedy (“Pineapple Express“), medieval fantasy (“Your Highness“), and serious drama (“Snow Angels“).
In the fifty-five minute interview below Green discusses his work, up to and including “Prince Avalanche,” how the film business shapes what he does, and the various ways in which he tries to transcend genre. The most interesting discussion details why Green jumps from both the big and small screen (which he also explained here); it’s a method, he explains, that “takes the pressure off” and allows you to tell the studios where to shove it. It’s a serious juggling act that has paid off for Green, as he defies expectations and just does what he wants to do.
Green has a laid-back manner of speaking and doesn’t take himself seriously at all. Raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, Green starts things off by saying that, “where you’re from informs what you’re into.” From there he goes on to explore and analyze the filmmaking business, and shows how a small-town boy can create the type of movies he enjoys. If you have fifty minutes to kill, sit down and watch! [MovieCityNews]