David Gordon Green at Chelsea
David Gordon Green arrived in the world of filmmaking to prodigious acclaim. His first feature “George Washington” at 23 won multiple awards, and he has spent the next twenty years pushing against expectations through writing, directing, and producing. His work spans all genres beginning with the dramatic Terrence Malick style of “George Washington” and “All The Real Girls,” to his comedic work in “Eastbound & Down” and “Vice Principals” with frequent collaborator Danny McBride, joins him on next year’s eagerly anticipated foray into horror with a new “Halloween” movie.
DGG prides himself on staying outside of his comfort zone by deliberately choosing projects that take him and his collaborators to unfamiliar territory. His “Halftime in America” spot for Chrysler starring Clint Eastwood still brings him impish delight in raising controversy on multiple sides and being “one of the best jobs of all time. It’s the only thing I’ve ever done that 200 million people have seen.”
We love him because he has an incredible mastery of scope. He can bring the small-town stories believably to life, reflect the mega star power of celebrities, find humanity in unlikely characters, and make us LOL uncontrollably.
He is a philosopher and an artist, but a realist as well. In his own words:
“People think 'independent' means no interference. Not true. Unless you're paying for everything yourself, you're always subject to who's writing the checks.”
And this pithy gem on the benefits of staying hungry and humble:
“Where is that appetite, where is that hunger that really motivates the artistic sensibility? Once you’re fed, you are this cocky asshole, eating donuts, walking around a room and scratching your nuts.”