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Thursday, July 07, 2011
92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A With Dustin Guy Defa

imageDirector Dustin Guy Defa feature debut, Bad Fever, premiered at South By Southwest and continues to be beloved at festivals across the country. Gordon and The Whale wrote:

“BAD FEVER is a challenging, haunting piece of filmmaking that feels like it comes from a very personal place while exploring universal themes of loneliness and desolation. It’s the kind of movie that Hollywood used to make in the 1970s before the invention of the summer blockbuster and the even more recent catering to fanboy fantasies.”

Bad Fever is playing at 92YTribeca on July 11. So we’ve asked Dustin Guy Defa to be the next subject in the 92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A.

Where do you go for news when you start your day?
Indiewire, Filmmaker Magazine Blog, Hammer to Nail, The New York Times.  When I get my hands on an actual Times paper, I like that with my coffee.

What are your favorite websites?
I like the blogs my friends have, mostly. I also like Animals Being Dicks. Eléonore Hendricks’ website for her photography is always on my mind. David Lowery’s blog.

How much do you use Twitter and Facebook (or other social networking services)?
I’m trying not to use them too much. Facebook is a hard one to stay away from, Twitter is easier. I check up on them often but I would like to only look at them once a day.

What book are you currently reading (or the last one you read)? Print or digital?
I’m reading Saul Bellow: Letters, in print.

What magazines do you subscribe to?
Filmmaker Magazine. I need some money so I can get the The New Yorker.

What are your current (or all time) favorite television shows?
“Cosby Show,” “Sesame Street,” “Taxi.”

What’s the last movie you saw?
Upstate.

What’s the last performance (dance/opera/theater) you attended?
Fela! (Exclamation point is not mine but it was a good show.)

What’s the last music purchase you made?
Peter Gabriel’s Passion, the soundtrack to Last Temptation of Christ.

What radio shows or podcasts do you listen to?
“Chances With Wolves,” “This American Life,” “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me.” “Chances With Wolves” is a big staple in life. It’s on East Village Radio. Mondays it’s live at 4pm EST. You listen to that and everything feels good. They are on the pulse.

What’s your favorite piece of art on display in your home?
I got posters of John’s Gone and Frownland on the wall. The real deal. Last night Onur Tukel promised me a piece of his, so that’s going up immediately. And the moment I have enough money, I’ll buy something from Eléonore.

Where do you go / what do you do to “disconnect”?
I live in Red Hook, Brooklyn, so I walk down to the water. The smell, the sight, the sound, they help out.

Dustin Guy Defa’s Bad Fever plays at 92YTribeca on July 11.

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