Sundance interview with Gregg Araki, director of Kaboom (with interview video)



I had a chance to sit down with Gregg Araki — one of the most distinctive voices of the so-called "New Queer Cinema," and the director of critically acclaimed indie classics such as The Living End, Totally F***ed Up, Nowhere and Mysterious Skin. While it looked like he might be heading mainstream with his stoner comedy Smiley Face, his latest film Kaboom is far from a sell-out. I described the film in a previous post as "an apocalyptic, conspiratorial, supernatural, polysexual, coming-of-age, comic thriller." While it will likely appeal to some of the same college crowd as over-the-top, boundary-pushing comedies like The Hangover, it completely rejects the implicit assumption of heterosexuality as a norm that creates much of the comic edge in such male-buddy-bonding flicks.

There's something here for everyone — except the easily offended. Araki treats ambiguous sexuality as a fact of life and hedonism as nothing to be ashamed of. I asked him about his aims as a filmmaker, and about the odd pairing of a kind of utopian vision of sexuality with a global apocalyptic vision in his bizarrely entertaining film.

Keep reading to see the video of my interview with Gregg Araki …

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