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The Dirties is a faux documentary about high school life leading up to a school shooting. The Canadian film premiered at Slamdance 2013 and took home the Best Narrative Feature prize, initiating a successful festival run and distribution from Phase 4.
The film is an extension of the multi-platform referential style of Nirvana, the Band: The Show, an excellent, pioneering web series that gleefully merged multimedia aesthetics to create a deeply funny and affecting series.
We caught up with Matt Johnson, the director of the series and film, and Matthew Miller, the film’s producer, for a mid-afternoon drink at Unlovable. Our discussion covers the fake documentary mode, school shooting films, the film’s reception in the U.S., and a candid take on the reality of making independent films in Canada.
This interview was released in June 2013.
Special thanks to our friends for help in releasing Issue #13: Paul Schrader, Margarethe Von Trotta, Barbara Hammer, Matt Johnson, Matthew Miller, Danyel McLaughlin, Don Marren, Rebeca Conget, Lina Rodriguez, Brad Deane, Liam Crockard, Charles Reeve, Lisa Deanne Smith, Dan Morgan, Simone Smith, Bradley Freeman, and Williams Design.