Exclusive Q&A with Mike Mills about his film Beginners

Xavier Toby Reader Find

By Xavier Toby in New Film on Friday 26 August 2011

LAEM: Where did the inspiration for the graphics, graffiti and cartoons seen throughout the film come from? MM: ‘I went to art school, not film school, so this kind of open filmmaking comes quite naturally to me. It’s how I instinctively solve problems in production, story, or just film boredom. The reason the graphics and drawings worked is because they were a real way to understand what Oliver was thinking and feeling. And while they are quite straightforward and declarative, they end up feeling strange and lyrical, and deliver information in a way that doesn’t feel dialogue driven’.

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Kathie Sever

Matt the Electrician Reader Find

By Matt the Electrician in New Art on Wednesday 15 June 2011

For twenty years, I have been in love with Kathie Sever’s artwork, so much so that I married her. And whether she’s been creating custom embroidered western shirts for Richard Linklater, Mike Mills and Matthew McConaughey, creating new ways for families to conserve and create together with The Future Craft Collective, or making stop-motion music videos and cover art for sensitive singer songwriters (like me), she has always been my favorite artist. And she paints the world the way I would want to if I could.

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