-Executive Producer on Bill Plympton’s animated feature “Cheatin'” and Producer on his animated short “The Loneliest Stoplight”
-Co-host on the film podcast Wrong Reel available on iTunes
Q: Which film do you love that might surprise people?
JH: That’s a difficult question to answer in that most of my friends
know that I am obsessed with film history and they are accustomed to
my interest in obscure and esoteric movies. But if we’re talking
guilty pleasures, I grew up watching ‘Flash Gordon’ (1980) on repeat.
I think the soundtrack by Queen is one of the most epic ever recorded
for a film and in spite of the film’s many shortcomings, I love it
Q: If you could pair up any two actors/actresses, living or dead,
which two would it be & what kind of film?
JH: I’d like to see an entire series of films co-starring Ralph Fiennes
and Tilda Swinton. In their few collaborations so far, their chemistry
has always been extraordinary and right now I think both of them are
doing some of the best work of their careers. As far as material is
concerned, put them in an anthology of adaptations of the work of H.P.
Lovecraft directed by Guillermo Del Toro.
Q: Which film has had the biggest impact on you personally, and why?
JH: Without question that would be Josef von Sternberg’s ‘The Blue
Angel’ (1930). At age 20, I discovered it in a film class and that
film was directly responsible for igniting my obsession with film
history, an obsession that endures to this day.
Q: If you could have one prop from any film what would it be?
JH: Hank Quinlan’s cane from ‘Touch of Evil’ (1958).
Q: Is there any subject matter which you would not make a film about?
JH: No. Without complete freedom of expression, movies would rapidly
become totally irrelevant.
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