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Paul Schrader is an American filmmaker whose work as a screenwriter and director hold a significant place in the history of American cinema, including Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, American Gigolo, Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters and Light Sleeper.
Schrader has no shortage of interesting stories about New Hollywood as one of the original movie brats, as well as a critical background that has informed his work. It follows that he has a varied oeuvre that includes both deliberate consistencies (his lonely man series of films) and outlier films like Dominion: Prequel to The Exorcist.
It was our pleasure to bring Paul to Toronto for a sold-out screening in our Live Directors Series. Before the screening, Paul sat down to discuss his filmography, including an in-depth look at his new, Kickstarter-funded collaboration with Bret Easton Ellis starring Lindsay Lohan, The Canyons.
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.