Please explain what just happened.
My cat, Miss Holly Wood, just jumped in my lap. She wants food. Even though she’s 18 years old with failing kidneys, she eats constantly. I must make much money to feed her.
What is your earliest memory?
My sister patting me on the head. My mother asking, “Why are you doing that?” My sister’s reply: “I’m looking for the soft spot.”
If you weren’t a filmmaker, what other profession would you choose?
Professional polo player.
Please describe the current contents of your refrigerator.
Mainly beer: Grolsch and Flying Dog Classic Pale Ale.
Is there a time you wish you’d lied?
Back when I worked with on-camera television news personalities. I should have lied to them, telling them what great filmmakers they were. I probably would’ve gotten more work over the years as a result.
What would you say to yourself if you could go back in time and have a conversation with yourself at age thirteen?
Don’t seem so arrogant.
If you could have only one album to get you through a breakup, what would it be?
Bop Till You Drop, by Ry Cooder
What are three websites—other than your email—that you check on a daily basis?
Washingtonpost.com. AspenTimes.com. Facebook.
From what or whom do you derive your greatest inspiration?
Dr. Hunter S. Thompson.
Name a book that changed your life.
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, by Tom Wolfe
If you could relive one moment over and over again, what would it be?
Hitting a perfect goal from about 50 yards out at a full gallop.
How are you six degrees from Kevin Bacon?
Kevin was in Barry Levinson’s film, Diner. I created the visual style of the dramatic series Homicide: Life on the Street as the original DP and a director for Barry Levinson.
What makes you feel most guilty?
Drinking too much beer.
What would you most like to have invented?
What is the worst piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?
What is the best advice you’ve ever given to someone else?
Never call 911.
What do you consider the harshest kind of betrayal?
Of all the game shows that have graced our TV screens throughout history, which one would you want to be a contestant on and why?
Deal or No Deal. I might get a date with one of the briefcase girls, if I actually won the million bucks.
What do you want to know?
Why people assume that on-camera news personalities actually have much to do with making the shows they appear in.
What would you like your last words to be?
I’ll have another beer.
Please explain what will happen.
Depends on your karma, as Hunter would say. Some might end up as three-legged dogs on a Navajo Indian reservation. Others may wind up as on camera television news personalities making much money for no heavy lifting.