In the Projection Booth with Michael Dunaway, director of 21 Years: Richard Linklater
Michael and I at the Sewanee Union Theatre, Sewanee, TN
the pleasure of interviewing 1991 Sewanee, University of the South alumn Michael Dunaway, editor of the
film section of Paste Magazine and
founding partner of Gasoline Films and of Poitier &Dunaway Motion
Pictures. Last month, Dunaway showed the latest film he directed, 21 Years: Richard Linklater, a
documentary (currently on DVD) that follows the work of a pivotal filmmaker whose film Boyhoodis currently nominated for SIX
Oscars, including Best Picture. (Linklater's also long been a favorite director of mine - you can read my review of his film Bernie here.) Passionate and affable, Dunaway agreed to meet
with me in the projection booth of the Sewanee Union Theatre, where he as a
student worked many a night, and answer a few burning questions about 21 Years and why he chose to become a
filmmaker. You can view in the interview below! Special thanks to Laura Willis, editor of the Sewanee Mountain Messenger, and Alexander Bruce at the Sewanee Union Theatre (go like their page on Facebook!) for making this opportunity possible.
Words of wisdom from Linklater that Michael cherishes: "He captures that punk rock ethos: Don’t ask
anybody for permission, don’t wait till the time is right, don’t wait till
everything’s perfect and until your skills are perfectly honed, f that, just
get out and make something."