Film Interivew: Director Joe Carnahan Talks Cinepocalypse in Chicago; Much More


Frank Grillo & Joe Carnahan (credit: The Sacramento Bee)

Cinepocalypse at Chicago’s Music Box Theater is in its final few days, but there are still plenty of films to see between now and Thursday’s festival closing night films.

For example, writer/director Joe Carnahan (Narc, The Grey, Smokin’ Aces, the forthcoming El Chicano) is presenting four films today. Carnahan screening his film debut, Blood, Guts, Bullets & Octane for a rare 35MM showing last night (the film rights have reverted back to him and now he has every possible print and negative of the film taking up space in his living room). The film’s title plays out in screenings today, November 8th of Near Dark (blood) at 9:30 pm, Walter Hill‘s Hard Times (guts) at 4:50 pm, Bullet In the Head (bullets) screening now as I write this, so too late, and Stephen King‘s one and only film as a director, Maximum Overdrive (octane) at 11:45 pm. I’m going to the Hard Times screening as it’s one of Hill’s only films I haven’t seen and it’s been restored to 4K perfection.

Liam Neeson and Joe Carnahan on set filming The Grey (credit: SlashFilm)

Earlier today, I swung by the Music Box to talk to Carnahan for a conversation I assumed would be no more than 30 minutes long. We ended up talking for nearly an hour and forty minutes. Imagine my surprise! It was a lot of fun and I present the entire thing in two halves (a bathroom break necessitated a midway through). We discuss Cinepocalypse, Harvey Weinstein and the complete, totally fucked up patriarchal system of sexual assault in Hollywood (this is a reoccurring topic), films we love, films I hate (I think Joe states one or two he doesn’t like), why filming anything longer than 60 days seems like insanity, his film work to date, why we both fucking love Walter Hill and what he has coming up or just out: his production company War Party with Frank Grillo; Wheelman starring Grillo is on Netflix now; El Chicano is coming up in 2018; and he says that Boss Level is his next directing project (not the remake of The Raid, which, stupidly, I forgot to ask him about). Boss Level sounds like an incredibly interesting film, but you’ll have to listen to the interview to hear more about it.

Check out Joe Carnahan on Twitter @carnojoe

Joe Carnahan and Liam Neeson on the set of THE A-TEAM.

Joe Carnahan interview part 1

Joe Carnahan interview part 2



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