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Rodney Ascher is an American filmmaker who creates, as he puts it, his “own brand of genre-blurring films and videos.” These include the satirical documentary short, The S from Hell (2010), and his first feature, the ‘subjective documentary’ Room 237 (2012), which played at the 2012 Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes. Tim Kirk produced Room 237 and contributed to the genesis of and research for the project, which pairs the tape-recordings of several fans discussing their interpretations of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining (1980) with a collage of video from Kubrickian sources and beyond.
Rodney and Tim presented Room 237 at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, where its genre-blurring and interstitial mode made it a perfect fit for the Vanguard program. We sat down in our studio space hosted by Onsite [at] OCAD U to discuss video essays, theories v. readings, formal analysis, Kubrick’s films as traps and directorial intent.
This feature interview is from our extensive 2012 Toronto International Film Festival coverage and the full length interview was released in October 2012.
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